STD Dangers in Pregnancy

by: Autumn Lindsay-Gaikowski

What Can Happen to The Fetus if STDs are present during pregnancy

Some sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can affect a fetus during pregnancy or a baby during childbirth. It is important to know your sexual health status and to get treatment, as STDs can harm not only you, but also the health of your baby. It is important to know whether or not you have any of these STDs, so that you can keep you and your baby healthy and protected. The quicker you can treat any of these STDs, the better off you and your baby will be.

STDs can be 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. If you are diagnosed with an STD while pregnant, your sex partner(s) should also be tested and treated. STDs can complicate your pregnancy and may have serious effects on both you and your developing baby. Some of these problems may be seen at birth; others may not be discovered until months or years later. In addition, it is well known that infection with an STD can make it easier for a person to get infected with HIV1. 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.

How to Avoid the Danger of Any STD

The only way to avoid any STD is to not have vaginal, anal, or oral sex.

If you are sexually active, you can be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested and has negative STD test results and use latex condoms the right way every time you have sex.