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If you have not been tested for these - you should be. Sexually transmitted infections are on the rise, especially in teenage girls right in your age group. 1 in 4 girls has a sexually transmitted infection by age 18.
Sexually transmitted infections, especially chlamydia, can cause a 12% increase in infertility each time you get the infection. Serious infections called pelvic inflammatory disease can cause higher rates of infertility.
Be smart - protect yourself. See your doctor and talk about how to stay healthy while you are sexually active. This is the best way to make sure that the factors you can control in getting pregnant are all ok.
Elizabeth Lee , M.D.