Pre-pregnancy and IVF STD Testing
Ensure you’re all clear before starting your pregnancy journey
If you’re ready to start a family, STD testing is an important first step for a number of reasons. Certain STDs can affect your fertility or cause complications in pregnancy, whilst some may harm your baby. If you’re receiving IVF, many providers require STD screens to be completed before you begin your treatment.
Many STDs go undiagnosed for long periods of time, especially if they are symptomless. Some may have been caught prior to your current relationship. Luckily, Your Sexual Health have a wide range of tests that can provide you with the peace of mind and certification that you need to start your journey.
IVF STD Profile Screens
Our Profile Screens allow you to diagnose multiple conditions using the same sample and include common tests required ahead of IVF
About our IVF STD testing service
We provide a stress free service that helps you to get the testing that you require in a comfortable and convenient manner.
Choose Your Test
Select the test and book an appointment at one of our 60+ clinics nationwide. If you can’t see the test you’re looking for, call us on 0161 660 2599.
Deposit Your Sample
Once we’ve confirmed your appointment, simply arrive at the clinic to deposit your sample. If you need a certificate, bring some form of photo ID.
We’ll Run The Tests
We’ll then send your sample for testing at one of our UK laboratories. Once we receive your results we’ll notify you via your preferred contact method.
Get your results
We’ll provide you with a certificate for your results to take to your IVF consultant. If any results return positive you’ll be offered a free telephone consultation with a GP from our partner medical organisation. They can discuss what the result means and arrange a prescription.
IVF STD Testing Advice
Whether you’re receiving IVF treatment at home or abroad, it’s normal to be asked to get tested for a range of STDs before you begin treatment. The tests that you take will often depend on the consultant or provider that you choose. We offer a range of sexual health tests that allow you to diagnose multiple conditions using the same sample. We’ll then give you certification to take to your IVF provider in order to satisfy their needs.
Should your results return positive for any of the STIs tested for we can arrange a prescription through our partner medical organisation. You can then get a retest so that your results return negative and you have the correct certificate. If you have any questions about our service or want to know more about how we can help, contact our customer services team today.
Pre-pregnancy & IVF STD Testing Information and FAQs
To help ensure that you choose the right test for you and to help you understand whether you should get tested read our FAQs below. If you have any questions contact our team today.
Being asked to complete an STI test before you embark on your IVF journey is completely normal. Consultants and providers often ask as standard procedure in order to protect both you and your baby, and also to ensure there is nothing in the way which may prevent the treatment being a success.
Many sexually transmitted infections can reduce fertility or increase the risk of ectopic pregnancies or miscarriage. It’s important that these are taken care of before IVF treatment begins. Others could be passed on to your baby during pregnancy or childbirth and carry a risk to the child and therefore have to be managed.
On some occasions your partner may also be required to undergo testing. This is to ensure that no sexually transmitted infections can be passed on to you or the baby throughout the IVF process.
There are a number of sexually transmitted infections which could impact your ability to get pregnant. Some STDs can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) if they go untreated for a long period of time. This can cause scarring in the womb and fallopian tubes, which can both prevent pregnancy or cause ectopic pregnancies to occur.
Although some are more damaging than others, all STIs have the ability to cause problems when trying for a baby and during pregnancy. Below are a run down of how the key STIs can have a negative effect.
A mother that has untreated gonorrhoea whilst pregnant has a heightened risk of miscarriage. At birth the child is at a heightened risk of catching a serious blood infection, joint infection or even blindness.
As well as having the potential to cause pelvic inflammatory disease which can impact you ability to get pregnant, chlamydia can increase the risk of miscarriage and preterm delivery. If passed on to the child, it may develop an eye infection (conjunctivitis) or a lung infection (pneumonia).
Syphilis is easily passed on during pregnancy and can be extremely dangerous to your unborn child. It can cause serious infections which may be fatal and will often cause the baby to be delivered prematurely. Infected infants that survive may develop a range of long term health complications
Hepatitis is a liver infection that can be transmitted to a baby via the placenta. The infected newborn can then become a carrier of the disease which can have serious long term health implications.
Herpes is perfectly safe until the baby is ready to be delivered. If the mother is having a herpes outbreak then a caesarian may be performed in order to prevent the virus spreading to the child. Herpes can be fatal for newborn children, including when kissing them if cold sores are present around the mouth.
Thanks to advances in medication HIV can be suppressed in a way that it will not be passed on to your baby during pregnancy. However, HIV can go undiagnosed for many years so it’s important that you know you have it and you’re receiving treatment before trying for a baby otherwise the consequences can be serious for your child.
This is not always tested for on the NHS, but Mycoplasma Genitalium can have a similar impact to chlamydia if left untreated for a long period. Mycoplasma genitalium increases the risk of pelvic inflammatory disease which can cause damage to the womb and fallopian tubes.
Ureaplasma are a bacteria found in the vagina of many women. They can cause a number of complications during pregnancy and may be linked to preterm births.
Trichomoniasis is rarely tested as part of routine NHS screening. It can increase the risk of preterm pregnancy and on rare occasions be passed to your baby at child birth.
The impact an STI will have on pregnancy depends on a number of relevant factors. On many occasions you’ll be treated for the sexually transmitted infection and the diagnosis will have no overall impact. However, each person is different. Some factors which are important include: –
- What STI it is – each one is different. Some may carry a greater risk of infertility, others may cause lasting damage, whilst some may be untreatable and require lifelong management.
- How long you’ve had it – if you’ve been infected for a long time it’s going to be a greater risk to fertility. This is why regular testing is always advisable.
- Has it caused damage to your reproductive organs? – some STIs can have long-term effects that include pelvic inflammatory disease. This can scar your womb and fallopian tube meaning pregnancy becomes difficult.
- Is it a lifelong condition? – conditions like HIV require careful planning and treatment when trying for a baby to ensure that the virus doesn’t pass to the baby. Pregnancy is still possible.
A miscarriage is an extremely emotional and stressful time for all concerned. Whilst STI tests won’t definitively tell you why you lost your baby they can help you gain some clarity as part of an overall medical investigation. There are a range of sexually transmitted infections that can go undiagnosed, but still cause problems. Our pre-pregnancy profiles test for all potentially problematic infections.