It is possible to pass certain 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.

However, with proper testing and treatment, you can care for your own health, the health of your child, and the health of your partner. STI/STD testing and treatment is also important for you if you’re pregnant and considering abortion.

What Are the Risks of Untreated STIs? 

Complications of 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

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

Complications of 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

How to Lower Your Risks

If you are pregnant and think you may be at risk for an STI, contact us to schedule a no-cost appointment for STI testing and treatment at our center.

Proper STI testing, treatment, and prenatal care can help prevent problems caused by STIs to ensure your health and the health of your child.

Do I Still Need STI Testing if I Want an Abortion?

Having an abortion with an untreated STI can increase your risk of pelvic infection. That’s why it’s important to get tested for STIs and receive treatment before you choose an abortion. Your health matters and you deserve to receive the care you need.

No-Cost STI Testing and Treatment in Lake and Mendocino Counties

If you think you may be pregnant and have an STI, we can help. We offer no-cost STI testing and treatment for common STIs.

All of our services are provided at no cost without any insurance requirements. Contact us to schedule your appointment today.

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