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Should I Be Tested for STDs During Pregnancy?

STDs can be complicated and can be a significant health risk to women that are not pregnant, but how do sexually transmitted diseases affect women, and their unborn babies, during pregnancy? Our guide to STDs during pregnancy aims to answer your questions, and help you to understand what you need to do if you have an STD and are, or are trying to get pregnant and whether you should be tested for STDs during pregnancy. 

So, should I be tested for STDs during pregnancy? You should be tested for STDs if you are pregnant, or are trying to conceive, as STDs can be a significant risk to both mother and baby. The earlier that any infections are caught and treated, the better the overall prognosis for the mother and baby. 

Read on to learn more about why you should be tested for STDs if pregnant and the importance of it. 


When Do They Test for STDs During Pregnancy?

Screening tests for STDs in pregnancy should be conducted as early as possible, definitely before the first scan. This is so care can be offered as soon as possible to help reduce the risk of the baby getting infected as well as worsening symptoms. 

Not only should you have an STD screening done as a precautionary measure at the beginning of the pregnancy but also if you have sex with any new partners or start to experience any symptoms during the duration of your pregnancy.

Private STD Testing at Your Sexual Health

Your Sexual Health offers a wide range of STD tests, available at private sexual health clinics across the UK. Choose from isolated tests to check for specific infections, or profile tests to check for multiple common STDs, ideal for if you’re trying to conceive and want to ensure that you are clear of STDs.