If you’re experiencing STD symptoms and you’re pregnant, it’s important to right away. For most STDs, an antibiotic can be given to treat the infection. For others, you can take proactive steps to reduce the risk of transmitting the infection to the baby. Discover STD symptoms to watch for, how an STD affects your baby, and how to avoid contracting an STD:
STD Symptoms to Watch For
The symptoms for an STD are different based on which STD was contracted. However, a general rule of thumb is if you notice any abnormalities in your genital area, you should get tested right away. (We can test and treat many STDs.) Be mindful of STD symptoms in the genital area such as:
- Foul-smelling, colored discharge
- Itching or irritation
- Lower abdominal pain
- Non-period related bleeding
- Painful urination or pain during sex
- Red rash or raised bumps
How an STD Affects Your Baby
Because an STD is an infection, it can be harmful to both you and your baby. In addition to the possibility of the infection itself being transmitted to the baby, your little one may experience issues such as:
- Blood infection
- Brain damage
- Eye infection
- Liver disease
- Low birth weight
- Premature birth
This is why it’s very important to be tested for an STD if you notice symptoms. If you test positive for an STD, we can discuss and implement treatment options.
How to Avoid Contracting an STD
Avoiding STDs altogether is the best way to keep you and your baby safe! The most effective way to do this is by not having sex or by only having one sexual partner who has been tested negative for STDs. If you choose to enter a new sexual relationship with a partner or multiple partners, be sure to use latex condoms for the entire time you are having sex. Although latex condoms cannot protect you 100% from STDs, they are still very effective.
Also, make sure to wash your genital area before and after intercourse to remove any bacteria, get vaccinated to protect yourself against certain STDs, and avoid having sex with anyone who is showing signs of an STD.
Allow Our Team to Help
At Women’s Clinic of Atlanta, we have low-cost STD testing and treatment options! Schedule an appointment at our Decatur location (404-377-6640) or at our Alpharetta location (404-937-3334). As always, our medical professionals are here to give you the care you need!