STIs & Infertility
Chlamydia and gonorrhea are important preventable causes of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and infertility. Untreated, about 10-15% of women with chlamydia will develop PID. PID and “silent” infection in the upper genital tract may cause permanent damage to the fallopian tubes, uterus, and surrounding tissues, which can lead to infertility.
STIs & Pregnancy
Individuals who are pregnant can become infected with the same STIs as those who are not pregnant. Pregnant persons should ask their doctors about getting tested for STIs, since some doctors do not routinely perform these tests. STIs can complicate pregnancy and may have serious effects on pregnant persons and their developing baby.