Deep within your reproductive organs and without any outward signs, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis can be wreaking havoc with your fertility.

Dr Christian Jessen is all too familiar with the problems that STIs can cause. Inflammation of the womb, fallopian tubes and ovaries in women, and in men of the testicles and epididymis (sperm tubes) are all complications that can have life-changing consequences for fertility, yet affected people may never even notice that anything is wrong. Although some STIs can present quite quickly with symptoms such as pain when going to the loo or when having sex, unexpected bleeding or discharge, in other cases, the infection is more subtle; there may be few or even no symptoms for months, even years - and possibly none at all.

Thanks to the candid nature of TV programmes such as Embarrassing Bodies’, sex is discussed in ways that 30 years ago would be unheard of. And, for that Dr Christian is rightly proud. He says: “Having sex is what we are put on this planet to do but if you are uninformed about how to do it safely - that is when you become vulnerable.”

His message is clear: “Know that STIs are ingenious. If you have multiple partners and have not had safe sex, get a test every six to 12 months. Tests are quick and painless; they can be free and may even be done at home. If you get a positive result, the treatment is quick, easy and painless, and it can save a lot of heartache later on.”

 

Dr Christian Will See You Now, starts Monday 20th March, 8pm on W