The Prevalence of Asymptomatic Sexually Transmitted Infections in the Female Reproductive System and its Impact on Infertile Iraqi Women Starting an ICSI Trial:


Saja Farooq Faisal, Wasan Adnan Abdul Hameed
High Institute of Infertility Diagnosis and Assisted Reproductive Technologies, Al Nahrain University, Baghdad, Iraq.
Estabraq Alwasiti
Department of Biochemistry, College of Medicine, Al Nahrain University, Baghdad, Iraq.


Infertility is a disorder that has generally been characterized as the inability to obtain a fruitful pregnancy following 12 months of unprotected sex. The resident microbiome within the genital tract can help to create a good environment for conception, as well as fight off harmful factors like sexually transmitted diseases. Infertile couples can be a useful study model for evaluating the microbial markers impacting reproductive health. Couples are examined for the presence of sexually transmitted diseases such as hepatitis B and C, as well as the human immunodeficiency virus before in-vitro fertilization cycles, but routine microbiological testing is not performed. The purpose of this study is to evaluate if the presence of sexually transmitted microbiomes in follicular fluid and vaginal samples of asymptomatic Iraqi women undergoing intracytoplasmic sperm injection, affects fertilization and pregnancy rate. The result revealed that follicular fluid isn’t germ-free, but the isolation of microorganisms from follicular fluid did not adversely affect intracytoplasmic sperm injection outcomes.