Do you know when and when women are at higher risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases? In this part of Dr. Salam’s site, we will tell you the answer to this question scientifically and clearly. Women are more at risk for infection during ovulation.
Increased levels of the hormone estrogen, which is produced before ovulation, reduce the function of the immune system and lead to infection, according to a recent study published in the journal Biocytes.
According to this study, women’s sexual cycle plays an important role in their susceptibility to infection. Research by Spanish and Austrian researchers has shown that women are more at risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases than ever before during ovulation. This natural decline in the level of the immune system is due to the protection of sperm against the female immune response and ultimately helps the successful fertilization of the egg by the sperm cell.
This physiological event puts women at risk for infections and sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS (HIV virus) and genital warts (human papillomavirus or HPV) during ovulation. Experts believe that the female sex hormone estrogen is also associated with an increased risk of fungal infections and a decreased immune response.
The female sexual cycle is usually 28 days and is calculated from the first day of menstruation. Ovulation occurs in the middle of the sexual cycle and approximately on day 14 of the cycle.