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What's In Your Closet? STD Concerns

What's In Your Closet? STD Concerns

Did you know that your past can come back to haunt you when you're trying to conceive? If you have been treated for an STD before, or have an untreated STD during conception and pregnancy, your baby is at risk for numerous complications or even death. Here are the risks to your pregnancy that you need to be aware of for each STD:


Chlamydia can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, and lead to an ectopic pregnancy where the baby develops in the fallopian tubes instead of the uterus. Your baby can suffer from pneumonia, eye infections or even blindness. The virus is passed to your baby in the birth canal during labor and delivery. There are antibiotics that can treat chlamydia, and minimize the risks to mother and baby.


Gonorrhea is another common STD, and carries the same risks to the mother as chlamydia. It can also cause premature birth, or even stillbirth. It is transferred in the birth canal, and it's treated with prescription antibiotics.


Syphilis often causes a pregnant woman to miscarry, or to have a stillborn baby. If a baby contracts syphilis, he or she can have severe mental and physical problems. It can be transferred from mother to baby through the placenta in pregnancy, or in the birth canal during the delivery. Like gonorrhea and chlamydia, it can be successfully treated with antibiotics.

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

HPV is not curable, and can eventually lead to genital cancer if left untreated in a woman. The baby can also develop warts in the throat, which will require surgery. Although transfer in the birth canal during delivery is rare, it can cause complications during childbirth.


Herpes is incurable, and results in painful outbreaks of blisters on the genitals. If a woman has a severe outbreak in the first trimester, it may cause a miscarriage. If a women contracts herpes during pregnancy, her baby is at an even higher risk of being born with the virus. It isn't usually transferred through the placenta, but can be passed to the baby during delivery, even if there is no outbreak of blisters.

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

HIV can develop into AIDS, which will eventually lead to death. There is no cure for HIV or AIDS, and it can be passed to a baby through the placenta, during birth, and even through breastfeeding. If a women has HIV, she will be given special drugs through her pregnancy to reduce the symptoms, which will lessen the risk of the disease being passed to the baby.


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