Will I Pass My STD to My Child?

woman with STD

You can certainly pass certain STD/STIs to a child during pregnancy, delivery, or while breastfeeding. These STIs include gonorrhea and chlamydia and can be passed from mother to child during delivery.

With testing and treatment, you can be aware of your sexual health and the health of your child. STI/STD testing and treatment is important to receive if you’re considering abortion. In this blog, we want to share more information about the risks.

Risks of Untreated STD/STIs

Complications of STD/STIs for Women

Mayo Clinic lists the following complications for women if STIs are left untreated:

  • Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
  • Cancer
  • Heart Disease

Many STD/STIs don’t have symptoms, so if you are sexually active, it’s important to get tested regularly.

Complications of STD/STIs to a Child

The following complications from untreated STIs can be passed to a fetus or newborn:

  • Low birth rate
  • Infections
  • Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Meningitis
  • Stillbirth

Reduce Your Risks

If you think you may have an STD/STI and are pregnant, contact us for testing today. You deserve to get the clarity you need to move forward.

Proper STD/STI testing/treatment and prenatal care can help prevent problems and protect your health and the health of your child. 

Get Tested Today

Get tested immediately if you find out your partner has an STD/STI. Many STD/STIs are curable with antibiotics or other treatment methods. Talk to your doctor and begin a treatment plan. It’s best to receive help right away to prevent further infection and disease.

Call us today to talk with a counselor in confidence, without fear of shame or judgment. You are not alone as you navigate a pregnancy. We know it’s not an easy road, but you are stronger than you even know.