Chlamydia in Pregnancy

Facts About Chlamydia in Pregnancy

  • Chlamydia occurs in 1-4% of all pregnant women, and it provides most often not symptoms
  • Have you known risk for chlamydia or symptoms should be examined by doctor
  • Chlamydia is often asymptomatic
    • Symptoms may include:
      • increased vaginal discharge
      • pain
      • fever
  • Diagnosis is made by a graft from the urethra and cervix
  • The treatment is antibiotics

How many pregnant women have chlamydia?

Chlamydia bacterium found in 1-4% of all pregnant women. Chlamydia occurs most frequently in very young sexually active women.

Symptoms of chlamydia

Chlamydia infection may not produce obvious symptoms, but can lead to increased or foul-smelling vaginal discharge, pain or fever.

The disease is diagnosed with a graft from a woman’s vagina and urethra. If the answer is positive – meaning that it shows chlamydia infection – the infection is treated with antibiotics.

Chlamydia will often be without symptoms during pregnancy. Have a pregnant chlamydia, this could cause eye and pneumonia in the newborn.

Chlamydia in not pregnant can cause pelvic inflammatory disease and lead to subsequent inability to have children.

Screening for chlamydia

Board of Health does not recommend general testing of pregnant women, but only of pregnant women with:

  • known risk for chlamydia
  • Symptoms of chlamydia
  • other sexual transmitted disease
  • frequent partner change
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