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Can STDs Go Away on Their Own?

July 2, 2024

Can STIs Go Away on Their Own?

Unfortunately, the majority of STIs cannot go away on their own. Many also cause more damage the longer they remain untreated.

Instead of waiting to see if potential STI symptoms get better on their own, it’s best to get screened to determine the cause of your symptoms and receive any necessary treatment.

Visit Woman’s New Life Clinic for low-cost screening, diagnosis, and treatment of STIs, as well as education regarding their prevention.

Which STIs Can Potentially Go Away on Their Own?

Two viral STIs can potentially go away on their own. 

The first is HPV (human papillomavirus), which may go away on its own in about two years. However, if it doesn’t go away, it can lead to issues such as genital warts and cancer. 

The second is Hepatitis B (HPB), which appears as an acute infection that affects your liver. It can go away on its own if your immune system successfully fights it off. However, it can become chronic and cause lifelong issues. 

You do not want either of these viral STIs. While they can go away, there’s a chance that they may not and become lasting health conditions.

Two of the Most Common Bacterial STIs

Chlamydia and gonorrhea are two of the most common STIs. They both are bacterial and cannot go away on their own. They can progress into a severe infection of the female reproductive organs called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). 

Untreated PID can lead to scar tissue and pockets of infected fluid (abscesses) in the reproductive tract, such as the fallopian tubes and pelvic organs. These abscesses can become infected and life-threatening.

As a result of the scar tissue, PID can lead to ectopic pregnancy (when the fertilized egg implants outside the uterus, typically in a fallopian tube), infertility, and chronic pelvic pain.

The treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and pelvic inflammatory disease is antibiotics. However, the timing of treatment matters in preventing any lasting damage.

Knowledge and Early Detection Is Key

STIs have the potential to cause serious health risks, and some lead to lifelong complications.

Not all STIs show signs or symptoms, so being proactive about your sexual health can prevent harmful complications.

It’s critical for you to know the risks of STIs so you can make informed decisions that can prevent STIs and protect your reproductive health and fertility. We can empower you with helpful and accurate information.

In addition to prevention, regular screening and early detection can ensure you get the treatment you need promptly.
Schedule an appointment at Woman’s New Life Clinic. We can ensure you receive STI information, testing, and treatment to safeguard your health.