Click here to know, how Unprotected Sex can cause Cervical Cancer!
One type of cancer is cervical cancer which affects the cells of the cervix, which is the lower part of the uterus. Breast cancer, is the second most common type of cancer affecting women worldwide. HPV is a sexually transmitted virus that can be spread through skin-to-skin contact during sexual activity. Despite being completely avoidable, cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among women in India.
Every year, more than 1.25 lakh women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in India, and more than 75 thousand die from the condition. Human papillomavirus is the cause of most cases of cervical cancer. The most common symptom of cervical cancer is abnormal bleeding, such as bleeding between periods or after intercourse. Other symptoms may include pain during intercourse, a foul-smelling vaginal discharge, and pelvic pain.
How Unprotected Sex Leads To Cervical Cancer
Unprotected sex can cause cervical cancer by transmitting human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a very common sexually transmitted infection (STI) that is spread through skin-to-skin contact during sexual activity. Some types of HPV can cause changes in the cells of the cervix, which can lead to cervical cancer.
HPV is spread during sex. It can spread through:
Safe sex practices can reduce the risk of transmission. Condoms should be used for vaginal and anal sex. Condoms or dental dams can also reduce the risk of transmission of the virus during oral sex. Condoms cannot completely prevent HPV. The virus is spread by skin-to-skin contact. In addition to cervical cancer, HPV infection spread through sexual contact has been linked to:
Practicing safe sex regularly reduces the chances of getting any type of HPV-related malignancy.
That said, several variables related to your sexual past can increase your risk of cervical cancer. Risk factors include:
preliminary sexual intercourse
having multiple sexual partners
Being a high risk partner
Chlamydia is a type of bacteria that is relatively prevalent and can affect the reproductive system. Women infected with chlamydia often have no symptoms and may be unaware that they are infected until they are tested during a pelvic exam. Chlamydia infection can cause pelvic inflammation, which can lead to infertility. Some studies have found a higher risk of cervical cancer in women whose blood tests and cervical mucus showed signs of past or current chlamydia infection.
For your information, let us tell you that the primary way to prevent cervical cancer is to get vaccinated against HPV. Vaccines that reduce the risk of HPV infection are available for both men and women. Additionally, regular cervical cancer screening can help detect cervical cancer in its early stages, when it is easier to treat. The treatment of cervical cancer depends on the stage of cancer. Treatment options may include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or a combination of these treatments.