STDs and Pregnancy Ectopic pregnancy pdf 2015 Sheet from CDC. Can pregnant women become infected with STDs?
Basic fact sheets are presented in plain language for individuals with general questions about sexually transmitted diseases. Can I get an STD? Which STDs should I be tested for? Women who are pregnant can become infected with the same STDs as women who are not pregnant. Pregnancy does not provide women or their babies any additional protection against STDs. The results of an STD can be more serious, even life-threatening, for you and your baby if you become infected while pregnant.
It is important that you are aware of the harmful effects of STDs and how to protect yourself and your unborn baby against infection. How can STDs affect me and my unborn baby? STDs can complicate your pregnancy and may have serious effects on both you and your developing baby. In addition, it is well known that infection with an STD can make it easier for a person to get infected with HIV.
Most of these problems can be prevented if you receive regular medical care during pregnancy. This includes tests for STDs starting early in pregnancy and repeated close to delivery, as needed. Should I be tested for STDs during my pregnancy? Testing and treating pregnant women for STDs is a vital way to prevent serious health complications to both mother and baby that may otherwise happen with infection. The sooner you begin receiving medical care during pregnancy, the better the health outcomes will be for you and your unborn baby.