Learning about STIs can be nerve-wracking, especially if you’re pregnant. However, researching information and receiving regular STI testing are two essential steps to protect you and your baby’s health.
Will My Baby Contract My STI?
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are primarily spread by sexual contact or bodily fluids like blood or semen. They’re caused by viruses, bacteria, or parasites and are more common than you may believe.
STIs can be spread to babies during pregnancy and childbirth, meaning your child could contract one. In babies, STIs can cause significant complications like premature birth, so getting tested and receiving any necessary treatment is prudent.
Are All STIs Symptomatic?
If you’re sexually active, you should be tested regularly for STIs. Not all STIs are symptomatic, so you could contract one without your knowledge. If you do have symptoms, you may experience:
- Unusual vaginal bleeding or discharge
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Painful or burning urination
- Lower abdominal pain
Untreated STIs can lead to serious health consequences, including:
- Pelvic pain
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
- Eye inflammation
- Heart diseases
- Certain cancers
WISH Medical is Here for You
WISH Medical offers STI testing and treatment for women on the Palouse. We offer testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV, bacterial vaginosis (BV), yeast, trichomonas, and Hepatitis B and C. We also test for UTI symptoms.
Our clinic can also educate you on proper prevention techniques, such as staying in a committed monogamous relationship, getting tested every 6-12 months, and being tested before every new partner. We won’t treat you with judgment but will instead work to provide the facts you deserve to stay healthy.
Contact us today to make a no-cost and confidential appointment. We’ll get you the care you need in a timely manner.