Sex, in addition to pleasure, includes the import and export of germs. When having sex (classic, oral, anal) you will import a huge amount of bacteria, germs, viruses and fungi. Even if you are faithful to your regular partner for many years, this exchange does not stop. This is the nature of fluid exchange.
After each sexual contact, the immune system protects you from the sensation of these microbes and prevents them from getting out of control – in most cases you will not feel anything. But be aware: microscopic microbial aggression takes place after every sexual contact. You see, the fact that you love someone does not mean that this person is healthy.
A huge number of men receive microbes that cause active infections, which can be felt by special symptoms. About 10 million men in North America suffer from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) each year. These are men who actually feel the infection, come to the doctors for help and get it. These are the men we know about. 10 million cases annually.
One of the STDs is chlamydia , an infection with Chlamydia trachomatis, a champion bacterium. This microorganism is the causative agent of the most common sexually transmitted disease.
And even though there are a huge number of 10 million infected men for North America alone, we estimate that this figure is much larger in reality. After all, there are those who have this disease, but do not suspect it. They are moderately exposed to the microorganism and do not feel it at all. And if they do not feel that something is wrong, then they are not treated, and this allows the disease to progress. But when the body detects chlamydia, it begins to fight. In fact, the body develops such firepower to kill this microorganism that even the heart can be affected, along with the local tissues of the testicles. The inner front (testicles) and the distant front (heart) can both be damaged. Now multiply this by the amount of STDs that surrounds us.
Herpes. Currently, approximately 15 million men have sexually transmitted infections caused by the herpes simplex virus (otherwise, genital herpes).
This is a typical scenario: a man in 20 years after having sex feels vague sexual discomfort, but nothing terrible. Perhaps only one day is pain or burning, itching or tingling. But the sensations have passed, so everything should be fine, right? Wrong.
Men who experience a herpes infection are a small part of those who are actually sick. Most of the time, the infection is blurry and asymptomatic. In general, when men initially acquired this infection, they did not feel anything. That is why they did not bother to use any means or take any measures to prevent the further development of the virus. Do not hope that just because you do not have any significant symptoms of diseases of the genitourinary system, you are free from germs.
The mechanism of exposure to infections
Undetected and untreated infections in men damage the internal environment of the testicles. The latent effect of microbes, called subclinical infections, has no symptoms (read “Penis health: Identify and prevent problems”).
Suppose a man has just had sex, acquired several million germs, but does not feel any pain. Immediately, his immune system receives a signal to clear the affected area. All this happens without attention from the man, there is no obvious pain and discomfort.
As the immune system increases activity, the function of cells in the testes that produce testosterone is disrupted. These cells require that they be “quiet” within their limits. They do not want the biological equivalent of police cars, service dogs, riot police and other hype. But this is a safety problem for the whole organism, and the requirements of local cells are not taken into account.
When the cleansing of the infection begins, similar to the arrest of criminals, a general alarm is sent out. It is like an air raid siren, and the local business slows down or closes. Then begins a complete violation of regular maintenance and production.
Ultimately, the immune system wins, but it turns this place into a field of death. The cleansing process leaves the battle zone damaged. Immune “cops” leave many dead microorganisms, innocent bystanders and their own cells. There is “garbage”, scar tissue and scattered bullet wounds everywhere, all this clutters the area, clogs blood vessels, damages the nerve membranes and destroys the integrity of the cell.
If you look under a microscope at a tissue that has just been “released” from infections, you can see the damage done by the immune “police.” Depending on the strength and the number of invading microbes, the immune system takes an attack of one or another force. At the microscopic level, it looks like Hiroshima after the atomic bomb: a barren, desolate lunar landscape that will be poorly restored in the future. This is what happens with tiny patches of tissue in the testes, even after minor exposure to germs. So do not think that you are lucky if you have never had signs of an STD. There may still be many types of microbes (including STDs) that calmly damage your immune system.
Follow sexual hygiene
Proper sexual hygiene will protect you from genital infections, or at least reduce your risk of getting them.
- Use condoms. Of course, use a condom during sex with a new or casual partner. In such cases, there is too high a chance to catch an infection.
- Drink water after sexual contact. Additionally, drunk water helps cleanse the urinary tract. The general goal is to consume enough water to make the urine completely clean, colorless and odorless.
- After sex, go to the toilet. Do not fall asleep immediately after sex – first go to the toilet. This is an opportunity to cleanse part of the microbes that have entered the body during sex. And this applies to any form of sex.
- Wash your hands before having sex, as well as before masturbation. During the day, a large number of various bacteria accumulate on the hands. Hand washing using special gels (studies have shown that they are less effective than soap and water) are recommended not only before but also after sex. If people knew how many microbes settled and formed on them every day, they would often wash themselves before any close contact.
- Both partners need to be treated if one of them has been diagnosed with a genitourinary tract infection. Here is a typical scenario. A male partner is diagnosed with a genitourinary infection. The man says: “It’s all right, doctor. I was examined, and nothing was found … I am clean. ” No! Our research may not be sophisticated enough to detect microorganisms transmitted to you by your current or former partner. For example, urinary tract infections are not detected if the concentration of bacteria is less than 10,000 per 1 ml. This means that if you have less than 50,000 microbes in 1 tsp, then our research methods will not even detect this. One of the rules of sexual hygiene is to assume that both partners have been exposed to the microbe, even if only one of them has been infected. Both partners must undergo treatment.