Sexual health Is Important to both you and your baby's health.
As part of your antenatal care you will be offered routine tests to check for hepatitis B, syphilis and HIV. There are a number of sexually transmitted Infections that you may not be tested for that can affect your health and your baby's health.
What Is a sexually transmitted Infection?
Safer sex involves using condoms correctly every time you have sex. If you don't use a condom you are more at risk of getting a sexually transmitted infection. You don't need to have lots of sexual partners to get an Infection.
So if you think you are at risk of having an STI (if you have had unprotected sex with someone who has not been tested, have symptoms that you are worried about or just want to check it out) ASK and this can easily be arranged.
Chlamydia: 7 things you might need to know
1. What is Chlamydia?
Chlamydia Is the most commonly diagnosed sexually transmitted Infection (STI). Chlamydia Is easily passed from one person to another through any type of sexual contact
2. Why Is Chlamydia a problem?
Most people with Chlamydia don't get any symptoms. If you do, you might notice:
- Unusual vaginal discharge
- Pain when peeing or having sex
- Bleeding after sex
- Pelvic pain (the lower part of your stomach)
3. How could it affect my pregnancy?
It can cause:
- Ectopic pregnancies (a pregnancy in the fallopian tube)
- Premature delivery
- Low birth weight
- Post delivery infection
4. How could it affect my baby?
Babies born to untreated mothers can get:
- Conjunctivitis (Eye infection)
- Otitis media (Ear Infection)
- Pneumonitis (Inflammation of the lungs)
- Nasopharyngitis (Upper respiratory tract Infection)
5. How to get tested?
The Antenatal service does not routinely test you for Chlamydia You can pick up a DIY Testing kit from:
- GP Surgery
- Contraceptive and sexual health clinic
- Community Pharmacy
- Minor Injury Units
- Online from www.freetest.me.uk
6. What if I hove Chlamydia?
Treatment for Chlamydia is easy, effective and safe during pregnancy; we would arrange treatment for you as well as your partner.
7. What else do I need to know?
- You should test for Chlamydia every year and or change In partner.
- If left untreated It can cause chronic pelvic pain and Infertility and the risk increases you get the Infection again and again.
- Remember to use a condom every time you have sex to reduce the risk of passing on Chlamydia or other sexual Infections