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Chlamydiah Affects women and their unborn child

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As the most reported Sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the United States of America, Chlamydia has become the most complicated STD to exist. Chlamydia is a common STD that is caused by a type of bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis, (it is important to note that Chlamydia trachomatis can damage a woman's reproductive organs). Chlamydia lives in vaginal fluid and in semen. It is known to be a “silent” disease because the symptoms are usually mild or absent. It can take a long time for an individual realize that they have this disease. Chlamydia symptoms usually appear within one to three weeks after being infected. Those who do not have the symptoms may have an abnormal discharge (mucus or pus) from the vaginal or penis, or experiencing pain while urinating (Chlamydia, 1). Affecting approximately 2.8 Americans per year, Chlamydia has played a significant role to why pregnant women and their unborn children have complications once born. In this paper I will explore how Chlamydia affects pregnant women and their unborn children, but first I will introduce how this “silent disease”, Chlamydia, is transmitted and how it can be treated.

Chlamydia is transmitted through sexual contact with an infected person. It can be passed during vaginal, anal or oral sex. It also can be treated, but because the symptoms are mild many people do not know that they need to be treated. There for the Chlamydia spreads through out the affected person body. Chlamydia treatment involves antibiotics, either a single dose of “azithromycin” or a week of “doxyclcline” (twice a day) (Chlamydia treatment, 1). Azithromycin is an antibiotic that is apart of the macrolides drug class. This medicine kills bacteria in the body by affecting peptide activity and decreasing bacteria’s ability to make protein. It comes in either a tablet or liquid suspension form. Similar to azithromycin, doxyclcline also decrease bacteria’s ability to make protein. It is apart of the “tetracyclines” drug class. Both antibiotic serves the purpose of killing the bacteria, however because many women are not aware that they are infected with this “silent” disease, complications appears in their reproduction system.

Chlamydia complications typically affect women more than it affects men. In women, untreated Chlamydia infection can spread into the uterus causing damage to their fallopian tubes, uterus and surrounding tissues. In the case of pregnant women, Chlamydia poses risks to the mother and the baby. A woman can experience an ectopic pregnancy- which is when a fertilized egg implants in a fallopian tube or elsewhere in the abdomen rather than in the uterus, making it impossible for the pregnancy to continue. This condition results in a miscarriage and can cause the death of a mother (Chlamydia in Pregnancy, 2). Chlamydia complicates pregnancy for woman and their unborn child. However, if the pregnancy continues, the baby conditions can also become complicated.

A baby who is exposed to the Chlamydia trachomatis in the birth canal during delivery may develop an eye infection or pneumonia. As the baby passes through the birth canal, he or she will come into contact with the woman blood and vaginal fluids. The baby can get conjunctivitis after being exposed to their mother infected vaginal fluids. The baby usually has symptoms of conjunctivitis, which include discharge and swollen eyelids (usually develop within the first ten days of his/her life). Symptoms of pneumonia, including a cough that gets steadily worse and congestion, most often develop within three to six weeks after birth (Chlamydia in Pregnancy, 1). It is evitable that one-quarter to one-half of the babies who are infected by their mothers “untreated Chlamydia”, develop conjunctivitis a few days to a few weeks after birth, and five percent to 20 percent develop pneumonia a few weeks to several months after birth (Chlamydia in Pregnancy, 3). An unborn child can also face others issues due to the bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis.

In addition, Chlamydia has also been inked to with premature delivery, resulting from the “infection stimulating the rapture of a woman’s uterine.” This means that if a woman has Chlamydia she can give birth to the baby well before its due date. It is also possible that if a woman’s baby contracts Chlamydia from her, the baby can also develop infections in the genitals, lungs and also the ears (Pregnancy Problems, 1). Pregnancy complications get worse if the baby catch’s Chlamydia form its mother. Chlamydia affects a woman’s unborn child drastically once the baby is born into this world. In fact between 20% and 50% of babies born to infected mothers will contract the infection. In severe cases blindness may occur and a child can have respiratory disease for a long time if not treated.

As the silent disease, Chlamydia tends to strike many pregnant women. The problem is that if they do not get treated than their unborn child will more likely have life complications once born into this naked world. Is this fair for the unborn child? NO! It is not unfair for a child to have medical problems because of their mother’s past actions. More women should get tested; the problem is that since the disease takes a long time to appear in woman, it is too late to treat the organs that have already been damaged from the Chlamydia. Chlamydia is significant to why women have “Pelvic Inflammation Disease” (PID). This disease is a serious infection f the reproductive organs. The bacteria can infect the cervix, fallopian tubes, and urine canal in women. PID can cause scarring of the fallopian tubes, which can block the tubes and prevent fertilization from taking place (Chlamydia, 2). If fertilization can not take place than the woman’s reproduction system is damaged. A woman can face the hardships of not being able to have a baby. If they can, imagine if a baby is infected with the Chlamydia that his/her mother has given them, they are bound to have some type of medical problem once born.

More than three million cases of Chlamydia occur in the United States each year! Although Chlamydia can be treated, it cannot undo any damage that may have already occurred in a woman’s reproductive system. If pregnant, Chlamydia not only affects ones body negatively, but there child too. Why would a woman want to put their child through the many horrible conditions expressed in this paper? If Chlamydia could not be treated, then I could see why many children can face the various problems that they have once they come in contact with Chlamydia, but it is curable. Women across the world need to get tested for Chlamydia; it is one way to stop the harm of their reproductive system. If pregnant, they will not have to worry about the negative affects that Chlamydia has on their unborn child. Although it is a sneaky, silent disease, it is curable. So ladies save your child from the horrible conditions and your reproductive organ systems, get tested!


MEDTV. “Chlamydia”. November 12, 2007”Chlamydia in Pregnancy”. November 12, 2007


MEDTV. “Chlamydia treatment”. November 12, 2007 “Pregnancy Problems”. November 12, 2007


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it can reemerge

I just found out that I have chlamydia but I had it before from my oldest kid's father and it was treated but learning from doing some research I found out that even after it getting treated in the genitals using the proper antibiotics it can still sit dormant inside of the gastrointestinal tract and can reemergence without notice. Now me and my bf are scared to death because we have a baby on the way and once he's tested and if found positive of this crap will be the first time he has ever had an encounter with and std. Of all things to happen to put us on edge. How can this be completely treated and out of someone's system? And how.could I be sure that once I'm cured with antibiotics that my unborns child isn't in harms way of getting this while still in the womb?

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Can Chlamydia pregnant Mother go for natural birth?

Currently on pregnancy 39weeks, found out I had chlamydia positive during my 38weeks, doc gave me Zithromax antibiotics and he said that the virus should be cured, I'm planing to go for vaginal natural birth, will it still affect my baby? How high is the chances? Or should I go for cesarean to Make sure my baby will not be infected. Can anyone reply to share your experiences? Appreciate it much, thanks!

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Did u get a c section? How is your baby

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I am 21 weeks pregnant and

I am 21 weeks pregnant and just took meds today for clamydia. Can it make you have a spotting of bright red blood if left untreated for a while??

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got chlamydia and swallowed semen while already pregnant!!

i was tested positive for chlamydia when i was about 4 months pregnant. i remember i had oral sex a week before and swallowed the semen. my boyfriend and i both took the medication. but i am still very worried. will everything turn out okay since i took the medication??.. or could something still happen to my unborn baby since i swallowed chlamydia infected semen while already pregnant?...HELP!!!!

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I need help asap

I've just recently found out I have chlamydia and I'm in my last trimester I only have a week or so left the baby can come at any time really but I wanted to know if you take the antibiotics asap once you receive them could you still pass chlamydia onto your child once born?I'm concerned about how chlamydia will effect my baby.How long could it take for the disease to clear I know it says a week but I don't have that much time any advise ?

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i have too and im scared

i have chlamydia too. and i'd tried the treatment but it doesn't help because my bf was affected too. he won't take medications and i dont know how to convinced him since he's so stubborn . please help me

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STOP HAVING SEX WITH HIM !!! Your child's life is more important than his sexual needs. You'll be the one to blame if something comes out wrong with that child . Think long and hard . Get treated again and make sure he does too or just leave him alone

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My primary concern is; if I have chlamydia early in my pregnancy, get cured, what risks are posed to my unborn child from the treatment?

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Please help.

I'm 18 (19 in April) and I was just diagnosed with chlymidia. I received it from my ex boyfriend (2 years) after a summer of us "broken up" and him having sex with girls at college parties. I've had no symptoms. I also started my 14 day pills today and I told a very strong antibiotic that is supposed to kill germs it was a power that I had to mix with water. My question is that since I got it detected when it first happened, will I still be able to have kids in 5-8 years? I do not plan on having sex for a very long time. 99% until my next exam in April. If it goes away, will I be able to have kids? I'm really scared. Dating someone like this was my biggest regret. Please answer and help me. Thank you.

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pregnancy after chlymedia

I had this in the mid 80s and am a mother of four grown children and grandmother of two. I am sure you will be fine. Don't take chances use birth control until you are ready to have children.

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i need help asap !

I'm 17 and I think I have chlamydia ... And my boyfriend got me pregnant . I'm taking the antibiotics but would my baby com out with it or not ? I'm like freacking out and I'm scared a lot .

Need advice .

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chlamydia during pregnancy

I know for a fact, that you cannot catch chlamydia from a toilet because you don't wash well enough. You contract it from a person that is infected. Please, young ladies, if you think your partner is faithful, think again. Don't do damage to an innocent being. You cannot keep getting treated and avoiding the real problem, your partner who keeps infecting you. If your partner fucks you once, shame on him. IF HE FUCKS YOU TWICE, SHAME ON YOU.

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Due In 4 Days With STD

I'm Due In 4 Days and Just Found Out I Have Chalamydia. Is There Any Way I Can Get It Cured Before My Baby Gets Here?

Please Help.

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Same situation, please help!!!

Hi, I'm due another 5 days, doc had given me Zithromax on my 37weeks pregnancy, can I still go for vaginal natural birth? Or I have to go for cesarean to avoid my baby got infected. How was ur baby? Is everything ok?

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did anyone respond to your

did anyone respond to your comment and how are you and your baby

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I tested positive, got the call yesterday. And tomorrow I will be 16 weeks. Long story short, I'm going to be a single mom. I was with my bd for 3 years (me being his first and only partner) and we broke up for 6 months. I was with someone else, who cheated on me and gave me the STD. I'm not sure if he gave it to me a year ago or just 2 months ago, since I slept with him again after my bd left me (I was already 9 weeks pregnant at that time). Should I tell my childs father to get tested just to be safe? We're not on speaking terms, but I don't know if he even has it or if the other guy got it after he and I broke up.

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the other side...

my mother was infected by this std when she was 8 months pregnant with me. although she took the medication to rid the disease it still had lasting effects on me. i am 20 years old and blind in my left eye with major issues also in my right eye as well. when i was born the doctors said i would by blind by 18. i had to have corrective surgery when i was only 4 years old to correct the laziness in my left eye. i've had severe asthma since i was born also, but i will say that it was much worse when i was younger. to any mother-to-be that is reading this, please please please take into consideration the LIFE LONG effects on your child. please make good decisions while carrying your child. this has not only effected my body, but my entire life as a whole. i cant drive, i cant read books because of the strain it puts on my eyes, ive been picked on and made fun of, and my relationship with my mother is always questioned in my mind. please dont do this to your baby, and this is coming from the other side of the fence.

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std pregnant

I realize your post was over 2 years ago but just reading this. Please bare with me because I feel the need to ask you a few questions? But first please let me explain: I had a baby at 16, married at 17, graduated high school at 18, then pregnant for our second daughter in March 1986 - due date. Third week of Jan.1986, my husband came to me angry because something was wrong with his privates? I was 7 half months pregnant. He went to the doctor and took week off work. During that time, my husband showered me with notes, gifts, hugs; he actually did a complete turn around for the first time since I was pregnant? After that week Doctor called and said he tested positive for gonorrhea. He was prescribe Penicillin and I was to go into the doctors office, lay on my now 8 month pregnant belly and get 8 inch needle of Penicillin shot into my pelvic area on each side of my uterus. Because I was so close to due date I was treated right away before being cultured for the disease. One week later, three weeks before due date; I had to go back to doctor's and get a culture, (like a pap-smear, but they take tissue sample and test it for any diseases). Anyway, throughout the procedure the doctor broke my water. I called my husband from the doctors office (his mother was watching out 4yr daughter while I went to doctors appointment) told him to pack some clothes for me and the baby, (1986 you did not know sex of baby then) and meet me at the hospital. I drove myself to the hospital; my husband met me there and at 8 months one week our second daughter was born almost month early weighing 6lbs 8 oz. She had nothing but problems from eye conductivities to pneumonia. I was breast feeding but also just a sick with major cramping, discharge, fever, plain ached all over? Two month later when I was able to see some professional doctor. Back then doctor's could exam woman without nurses! This doctor walked in office, sees me their and said, " You got Chlamydia". I told doctor whole story when he said that my husband had two diseases and was only diagnosed with one! That meant my baby was born while I had the disease Chlamydia and most likely Gonorrhea because he had never stopped having intercourse with this so call "rapist woman". Longer story shorter; I had to have laparoscopy done because my tubes where so badly damaged.I filed for divorce and then the worst auto accident happened to me and my girls. I needed that man's help, besides he was on his knees begging for forgiveness. OK, my point and questions? My baby has had: eye conjunctivitis constantly throughout childhood, mono at age 12 then again age 25. Heart murmur. Every childhood disease; twice. Vaginal Herpes, age 16 without intercourse. Shingles in the eye giving her: trigeminal neuralgia. The list goes on. Almost like she has no immune system to the venereal disease family? I have questioned every doctor I have ever been too; for the last 25 years. And every doctor the first 15 years; treated me like I was an idiot and over reacting. These last 10 years every doctor will say, "Hummm. Good question?" Well how about this; I believe that this question is answered. Yes, woman who have any type of disease will pass it on to their babies; giving the child some kind of immune deficiency throughout their life! Just to add: I got pregnant after her. I told my new doctor every crappie thing I had been through. He made me watch a sexual transmitted disease movie at health department with several other girls! After this stupid movie the host had asked if there are any questions? I stood up and said, "Why am I here learning about unprotected sex"? I am not the one having multiple unprotected sex partners. "Why aren't the men here, who are the ones who gave us this crap passing it on to our babies"? The other girls in the class room stood up giving me a standing applause. To this day; my daughter has a low immune system. I truly believe it is from the disease? I truly believe it is from all the medicine I had to have? Or, FROM BOTH... I hope I can get some answers? From Divorced, Single, don't trust-em

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Hi, I was 7 weeks pregnat

Hi, I was 7 weeks pregnat when I tested positive for chlaymydia it was my first knowing that I hAd that disease and also my first time being pregnat.
So I was very nervous and scared during my pregnacy scared that this STD could affect my pregnacy will I got treated
The same day I found out in went to the doctor 3 weeks later
And found out I had a miscarrage my baby ultra sound showed 6weeks and I knew I was 10
The doctor told me I had miscarryed and my baby had heartbeat. I was very sad and lost at the
Time I didn't really no what too think I was just heart because I had so many plans for my Baby not knowing was it a girl or boy.. I was under alot of stress and still is now I just next go around I have successful and healthy pregnacy I was told too this take my vitmans so me and boyfriend will try again in a month or two ...

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I am 14 weeks pregnant and

I am 14 weeks pregnant and just found out that I have Clamydia. I am going to pick up my medication in the morning. Could my baby already be effected by this?

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please can you give an

please can you give an update? i am 16 weeks pregnant and just found out i have it. are there any complications so far?

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Hey did you ever find anything out yet cause I'm scarf that I might be pregnant and I have chlamydia to

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im 7 months pregnant and have chlamydia!!! what can happen?

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Im so worried

ive been trying with my fiance for 3 years to get pregnant and now that im finally preg im more nervous than ever that somethings going to go wrong. I had chlamydia a long time ago and i feel it never went away. is it most likely that im not going to carry properly? please help.

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Hey I've just been tested positive for chlamydiah and I'm also due in 4 days.
What can I do?
And is there a chance it can get cured before I give birth?
Please help. Thank you.

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Did anything happen to ur

Did anything happen to ur baby?? I'm pregnant to and I'm 17 and idk if I have chlamydhia but I feel I do ..

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I'm 5 months pregnant and I got positive doctor gave me an antibiotics but I'm still scared for my unborn child.What is going to happen to my unborn child.Is she going tone OK? I wonder if that virus will be back again even tho I got treated?

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I'm 5 months pregnant and I

I'm 5 months pregnant and I got positive doctor gave me an antibiotics but I'm still scared for my unborn child.What is going to happen to my unborn child.Is she going to be OK? I wonder if that virus will be back again even tho I got treated? Please let me know

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Im in the same condition that

Im in the same condition that that you were in while pregnant,Just Wamted to ask you how did everything turn out qith your baby.I am due January 11.&Im worried about somethinq beinq wronq.

masood's picture


your child can be born with eye infection

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Can the infection be

Can the infection be permanent.

unknown's picture

help im scared

Can some one email me its not letting me type my question in . Please help me give some answer im scared

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To everyone asking questions about the risks to their unborn child/pregnancy etc, you need to speak to a doctor or qualified medical practitioner not complete strangers on the internet. You do not know these people who are giving out advice especially the one who says you can catch it from a toilet - hello???? It's a sexually transmitted infection - the clue is in the name. You wouldn't walk up to a stanger on the street and accept their advice so go and speak to someone who is trained and in te right position to tell you the truth.

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me n mine

Well.I've been cured for it abt 3 times while I was bd had an on going affair I dint find out abt until the last...long story short, my kid is five Now ...complains about back pain and itchy vagina... Help! Does she have it????

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Is your child ok?

Is your child ok?

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hey im 23 weeks and a half

hey im 23 weeks and a half pregant iv got told from the doctor iv got Chalamydia,they gave me tablets to get rid of it but could this harm my bab on anyway ?
shes due in july .

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Pregnant with Chlamydia

My wife has the same situation as you. 23 weeks and just got the news from the clinic that she is positive for Chlamydia. The news I'm seeing looks good. There is an antibiotic that will cure the Chlamydia with just one dose. There is only risk to the baby if the baby is exposed to the infected female fluids on the birth canal during child birth. I've read nothing yet that says that there is any risk to the baby if the disease is cured before birth.

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Please respond

I'm 7 months pregnant and I've been positive for chlamydia off and on my whole pregnancy what is the percentage that my baby would be blind

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Im 9 months pregnant and found out i have chlamydia a week Before im due what can happen to my baby i took the antibiotic

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i want a baby

I am positive chlamydia over a years. i would like to know the high risk percent in not getting pregnant because of chlamydia. Now i am 2 years married but still not pregnant. after a simple tested shows that no eggs produced. Is it because of damage to the fallopian tubes, uterus, and surrounding tissues? most important things CAN I STILL HAVE A CHILD?

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chlamydia in children

please help! i have been tested positive for chlamydia i have been totally faithful to my partner of 11yrs & have full trust in him that he has been faithful to me, whats bothering me is weather my 4 young children have this? my first baby was born in 2004 at 28weeks he survived but has suffered with throat infections, breathlessness. Could it be that he has chlamydia,do GPs test children i need to know that my children have not got this who do i need to contact? please help.

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std and pregnancy

ive had the infection before and my doctor gave me the pills to clear it up i have gone on 2 have 2 healthy boys im also 31weeks pregnant my pregnancy has been fine up untill now iv recently found out my boyfriend of 4years has slept with somebody elsa. Im goin to get tested as soon as possible but what affects could it have on are unborn baby if i have cought a infection from him already

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I had a chlamydia test done when i was 3mths preggo and came out positive. I took antibiotics and got tested again. The results came out positive again. My doctor gave me the antibiotics again. Im scared that the diseas wont go away. My ultrasound said that my baby was in perfect condisions. Should I still worry about it? Is there anything else that cures the infection?

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I had chlamydia and Im 4 months pregnant. I believe you should talk to your sex mate, and tell him to get clean.. Before having sex with him again. Do you wait for a week before intercourse.? You have to take the medicine correctly.

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Just Found Out

I am currently 15 weeks pregnant, and today at my doctor's appoinment i found that i have Chlamydial. I am really worried, for myself, My partner and my unborn child. I don't know how except this. i am really worried. I took Zithromax that my nusre suggest i take, and an also and antibiotic for my partner. I'm scared for my unborn child, or if im gonna have to go through a preterm labor!

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I'm curious because I'm in

I'm curious because I'm in the same situation. i tested positive for chlamydia but i don't no if my girlfriend has it or not. everyone says its a strong chance she does but the part about it is that she is 10 weeks pregnant and hasn't told her mom about it AND she hasn't even been to the doc yet for her first visit. she suppose to be going whenever she gets medicaid but she doesn't know when she'll receive it but I'm really just scared that it will effect the baby since she hasnt been to the doc but what I wanna know is can the doc be able to tell if the baby will be affected with it or not? Or do you just have to wait until birth to findout???...

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Chlamydia testing is now so easy

I fully agree.

The problem with clamydia is that most times you won't even have any symptoms, so you don't get tested.

Or if there are symptoms, some people even feel embarassed to go to their doctor to test for STD-s.

The NIH recommends that every woman over 25 gets tested for chlamydia every year. There are now chlamydia tests and STD tests available to order over the internet, so discretion is no longer an issue and there is no excuse, especially if planning a pregnancy.

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I would like to know the high risk percent in not getting pregnant because of chlamydia ?

Anonymous's picture

i have this diseas and i am

i have this diseas and i am very youbng by me being 14 i know that i shouold be worried but i have went n got treatment i was wondering will i still b able to have children