Sex is one of the main components of the relationship between a man and a woman. It’s not only pleasant but also beneficial since it relieves stress and even improves overall health. However, having sex without a condom with a person whose medical history you don’t know can lead to dire consequences. Find out what are they.
1. Unintended pregnancy
It’s recommended to prepare ahead of time for conception since there are more chances that a baby will be born healthy and its future parents won’t run into sudden financial and other problems.
Neither the calendar method nor the withdrawal method is an effective way to avoid unplanned pregnancy. An alternative to a condom may be an intrauterine device or birth control pills but they won’t protect from infections.
2. Itching and discharge
Every year, sexually transmitted infections affect millions of people. Moreover, it’s possible to get infected during any type of sex.
Chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV, trichomoniasis, human papillomavirus (HPV), herpes, hepatitis B and C, and other diseases are all sexually transmitted. Such infections are insidious. They may have no early symptoms. They can occur in a few days, months, and even years after infection. Their consequences are different but the early symptoms are often similar and include:
- Pain during urination
- Abnormal vaginal or penile discharge
If you notice these symptoms, you should visit a gynecologist or urologist and undergo a vaginal examination or male genital examination.
3. Chronic pains
In most cases, STIs cause inflammation of the genitals. Acute inflammation is accompanied by fever, pelvic pain, and pus. If left untreated, the infection will become chronic. As a result, pain and inflammation can also become chronic.
Human papillomavirus may increase the risk of certain types of cancer including cervical cancer, mouth cancer, and throat cancer. HPV manifests through papillomas or other skin lesions that appear in the genital area.
5. Liver Diseases
Hepatitis B and C can be sexually transmitted. This is an insidious and dangerous disease that is easy to confuse with acute respiratory viral infections or a slight malaise. Hepatitis B and C often become chronic and multiply for months and even years without visible symptoms. In the end, it destroys liver cells and leads to liver cirrhosis or cancer.
6. HIV and AIDS
Over time, HIV kills the human immune system and turns into the syndrome of acquired human immunodeficiency (AIDS). By the way, herpes and syphilis increase the risk of getting the immunodeficiency virus by three to times. Infections cause inflammation, in other words, an ideal environment for the reproduction of the virus.
7. Brain and internal organ damage
Syphilis is one of the most dangerous genital infections. It can be treated with a short course of antibiotics but if it’s left untreated, it will become chronic.
The incubation period of the disease is up to 6 weeks. Early symptoms of syphilis are:
- small painless sores on the genitals and near the anus
- mild red rash on the palms
- white spots in the mouth
- slight fever
- swollen lymph nodes
After some time, the early symptoms will disappear altogether. But syphilis becomes chronic and gradually destroys bones, nervous system, brain, and spinal cord, as well as internal organs. The consequences of this disease can be extremely dangerous and irreversible.