Sexually transmitted diseases are distinctive as women’s diseases, and women face extraordinary vulnerability in transmission. Women are infected far more readily than men. Men are presented to the organisms that cause the ailment, but women are infused with them. Likewise, though men’s genitalia are exposed to the elements—such as chilly temperatures and cleanser and water—making an unwelcome domain for microorganisms and infections to grab hold, the vagina gives a warm and secured environment that permits them to develop and thrive. The vagina likewise gives an inlet to the pelvic cavity; such a channel does not exist for a man. Perhaps because the disease is inside, the early side effects in a woman are often less severe or apparent than they are in men. Because many women are asymptomatic, they are less likely to seek early diagnosis and treatment.
There may be no better case of sex predisposition in the records of medicine than the neglect of sexually transmitted diseases in women and the lack of awareness encompassing the results of sexually transmitted diseases to their well-being. For the greater part of this century, venereal disease facilities were merely for men and venereal diseases were the ailments loose women transmitted to men. Sexually transmitted diseases in men had genuinely negligible long-term results if treated, and could be unobtrusively and definitively managed as a medical secret.
Nothing could be further from reality in the aspects of women, who confront significantly more extreme outcomes for every type of contamination. As talked about in more noteworthy detail below, these may incorporate ectopic pregnancy, infertility, and unconstrained fetus removal, destruction of parts of the regenerative organs, genital growth, and death. The offspring of a mother with a sexually transmitted disease can confront formative shortfalls (especially of the sensory system), laryngeal warts, or visual deficiency, and may die. The weight such illnesses put on a woman is made heavier when she understands that no one but she can transmit a sexually transmitted disease to her infant.
Today’s epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases has roots in the 60’s, the decade in which postwar baby boomers came of age and then passed on their newly discovered opportunities to their children. A group known for their turmoil within and without, they were an era of insurgency. As with all revolutions, no one anticipated its coming, and no one could foresee its consequences.
Coincidentally, birth control pills came into widespread use and with them the abandonment of condoms, diaphragms, and other barrier contraceptives, which offered a degree of protection against disease. The Pill and, a few years later, greater access to abortion facilitated the Sexual revolution. Women became just as “free” as men. Free to explore and experiment, many did both with a passion, as if trying to cast away centuries of repression within a decade; indeed, for some, sexual liberation became the symbol of women’s liberation. These social changes may have seemed to transcend health, but they became a major determinant of women’s health.