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If you are pregnant and have been diagnosed with chlamydia, you may be worried about passing the infection on to your baby.
Pregnant women with an untreated chlamydia infection are at a greater risk of developing complications such as a miscarriage, premature birth or stillbirth.
The first thing you should do is discuss your condition with your GP to find out which antibiotic is best for you. In general, azithromycin or amoxicillin (amongst others) are suitable for pregnant women.
STIs, including chlamydia, increase the risk of miscarriage, premature birth and potentially life-threatening ectopic pregnancies (see below).
The first step is to get tested for chlamydia or other STIs to find out if you’ve been infected. Chlamydia treatment is inexpensive and suitable for pregnant women. Please note, that DrEd does not prescribe chlamydia treatment for pregnant women. You need to speak to your GP to discuss treatment options during pregnancy.
Once you have been prescribed a treatment, your GP will recommend that you take another test for chlamydia about three to five weeks later. This is to ensure that your treatment has been effective and your infection has cleared.
To treat chlamydia in pregnancy, common antibiotics such as azithromycin, erythromycin and amoxicillin are suitable options. Research suggests, that these antibiotics are safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
However, providing treatment to a pregnant woman needs to be dealt with on a case-by-case basis, so pregnant women should always consult their GP before taking any medication.
If your doctor decides that treating you with antibiotics is safe, you will most likely be prescribed one of the following:
Side effects are rare, but range from diarrhoea to vomiting and nausea. Erythromycin often produces more side effects than the two other antibiotics.
Azithromycin tends to be tolerated well and does not usually cause any side effects. The fact that it is taken as a single dose makes it very convenient.
Amoxicillin is a type of penicillin. If you know that you’re allergic to penicillin, don't take it. You should consult your GP if you suspect that you are allergic to penicillin.
The main risk of chlamydia during pregnancy is that you could transmit the disease to your baby during childbirth. If you get your chlamydia infection treated before delivery, your baby is safe.
Pregnant women are much more complex to diagnose and so a face-to-face visit with the doctor is essential to determine which treatment is best for them.
For this reason, we have decided not to treat pregnant women. However, if you are looking for a discreet and convenient way to get tested for chlamydia, we can send you a test kit via post.
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