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Video – Can Chlamydia Affect Pregnancy?

Chlamydia is the most prevalent sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the UK and can affect your pregnancy.

It’s a bacterial infection generally contracted through sex or contact with infected vaginal fluid or semen. 70% of women and 50% of men with chlamydia won’t experience any obvious signs.

It’s usually caught through the genitals but can also be contracted through the mouth, anus and eyes.

Symptoms may include:

  • Pain around abdomen
  • Pain when passing urine
  • Heavier periods than usual
  • Bleeding outside menstruation
  • Abnormal vaginal or rectal discharge

If left untreated, chlamydia can spread to the ovaries, uterus or fallopian tubes, and lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID can leave to infertility, a higher chance of ectopic pregnancy and recurrent pelvic pain.

Untreated chlamydia during pregnancy can be passed on to your baby and it could develop pneumonia or conjunctivitis.

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