I have heard that teenage girls are at a high risk of getting STDs. Why is that?
Women are more susceptible to STDs than men because of the nature of their reproductive organs. Many STDs survive best where it is dark, moist, and warm. Because the woman’s reproductive system is mostly interior, her body is more easily infected. Compared to a man, she also has a larger surface area of tissue that certain STDs might affect. Furthermore, a woman’s body is exposed to infectious diseases for a longer amount of time after intercourse. These biological differences make women more likely to catch certain STDs.
The risk of infection is greater for young women because the cervix of a teenager is immature. In what is known as the “transformation zone” of her cervix, young women have what is called “cervical ectopy.” This means that the cells from within the cervical canal extend out toward the opening of the cervix. Such cells are sensitive to infections, and so their exposure makes the women more vulnerable to certain STDs. The rapid cell changes within the cervix also make a young woman more susceptible to certain diseases. When a woman reaches her mid-twenties, the cervix will have matured and some of its tissue been replaced by a different type that is more resistant to infections from STDs.
The birth control pill also increases a young woman’s chance of contracting certain STDs because it interferes with her immune system. The Pill also causes the production of a certain type of cervical mucus that makes it easier for cancer-causing agents to have access to a woman’s body. All this research only confirms the fact that a woman’s body is like her heart: she is not designed for multiple sexual partners. She is made for love.
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