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My partner has a pelvic infection.

I have a question regarding my health as my girlfriend has pelvic infection and because we thought it was healed already we had unprotected sex.

Now my penis is itching on the side and is a bit red at the top and I have no other symptoms. What should I do? Is it possible to become infertile after that? Thank you for your help.

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You haven’t mentioned which kind of pelvic infection your girlfriend has. There is no doubt that some sexually transmitted infections can be easily passed between partners and can cause a wide range of symptoms including infertility in women. If she had a sexually transmitted infection while you were in a relationship you should definitely have been treated too.

You must get her to speak to her doctor about whether you need treatment. It’s possible that she had an infection that wasn’t sexually transmitted. Thrush infections, for instance, are caused by a fungus or yeast – similar to the fungus that causes athlete’s foot. It doesn’t cause serious complications like infertility or long term inflammation in the pelvis. However, it can cause soreness in the vagina, a lot of itching and a white-creamy discharge. It’s possible to get thrush even if you’ve never been sexually active, but it is also possible to pass it on to a partner. In men, it can cause itching, a creamy discharge and sore red spots. It sounds as if you may have this. However, even though it’s possible to buy treatment for this from your pharmacist, it’s important to get it checked out.

I suggest you make an appointment with your GP.

Answered by Dr Sarah Jarvis.


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