Dr. Brass-Jones explains how gonorrhea and chlamydia can affect your pregnancy.
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Gonorrhea and Chlamydia's Effect on Pregnancy Gonorrhea is tested for very early on in pregnancy so that’s why it’s important to go in early on in pregnancy and have all the testing done that is necessary for healthy pregnancy and birth. So if we find gonorrhea, we will treat it early on in pregnancy to avoid any complications later on in pregnancy. We will treat somebody with the antibiotic and then we will re-culture them approximately two weeks later. Chlamydia will also be tested for early on in pregnancy. It will be treated and two weeks later, re-cultured. For both gonorrhea and Chlamydia, we ask that the person’s partner, the woman’s partner also be treated to avoid a re-infection of the bacteria because they can cause severe problems in a pregnancy if left untreated. Why do gonorrhea and Chlamydia commonly present together? Chlamydia and gonorrhea are commonly found infected together and are commonly treated together and this is important because we don’t want to let’s say miss a diagnosis of one of those bacteria.