Suara.com – Many young women avoid nurturing cat because the fur is easy to fall and is thought to affect fertility. In addition, in pregnant women, cat’s fur also considered to be able to interfere with the health and development of the fetus in the womb.
However, a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology consultant on fertility, endocrinology, and reproduction from Pondok Indah Hospital, dr. Yassin Yanuar Mohammad, Sp.OG-KFER, M.Sc, ensures that this is not entirely true.
“So what is worried about pregnant women should not be from cat hair, but because of the animal feces that cause Toxoplasma and rubella infections,” said dr. Yassin in a virtual ‘Antenatal Care at New Normal Period’ discussion, Wednesday (7/10/2020).
Toxoplasma is an infection in humans caused by the parasite Toxoplasma gondi. Rubella is a viral infection characterized by a red rash in the form of spots on the skin.
According to dr. Yassin, this toxoplasma transmission turns out to be apart from animal manure, it can also come from meat that is not cooked perfectly (especially goat meat), raw vegetables that are not washed clean, rat droppings, and other mammals.
“So Toxoplasma is parasitic. Not only cats, but also other animals such as from dogs, monkeys, and others. This toxo infects humans by mouth. That means you have to be diligent in washing your hands, ”he said.
Meanwhile, due to Toxoplasma infection, pregnant women are prone to miscarriage because the parasites will attack the fetus in the womb. If this goes on continuously, there may be permanent infertility.
That is why, before doing the pregnancy program, married couples are advised to do a Torch blood test to find out if there is a Toxoplasma infection they have. Because in fact this infection often does not cause any symptoms, so it is often not realized.
Not only in women, in men, if infected with Toxoplasma, the impact can affect fertility, causing swollen lymph nodes and inflammation in the sperm duct for a lifetime.
Dr. Yassin explained that toxo in adults is usually treated with a Torch blood test to kill the parasite in the body. When it is cured, it is certain that it is no longer susceptible to toxo parasites. And it is also said that, in fact, the main thing to avoid contracting Toxoplasma and rubella infections is to maintain cleanliness, including the cleanliness of animals and the surrounding environment, and frequent washing of hands before and after activities.