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Chlamydia in pregnancy

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This information has been designed to provide you with information about Chlamydia in pregnancy and aims to answer any questions that you may have.

The result of your endocervical swab has confirmed a chlamydia infection. This is an infection caused by a germ, which can infect the reproductive organs of women and men. Occasionally it can cause an eye infection.

It is one of the commonest sexually transmitted infections.

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It can be very easily passed on through vaginal, anal and perhaps oral sex.

Sometimes it only takes intimate sexual contact to spread.

There is no evidence to show that it can be passed on from toilet seats, sharing towels or cups.

Symptoms may not be present, therefore it is difficult to know when a person may have acquired the infection.

How can Chlamydia infection affect me in pregnancy?Show [+]Hide [-]

In women it can cause a vaginal discharge, abdominal pains or vaginal bleeding particularly after sex.

In pregnancy chlamydia can sometimes cause preterm labour (when labour starts before the 37th week of your pregnancy).

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Chlamydia can infect your baby during labour causing an eye infection and occasionally a chest infection (pneumonia) an ear infection, or a genital infection.

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You will be asked to attend the GUM clinic, (Genitourinary Medicine) as they are the experts in treating this infection.

You will need to make an appointment by phoning the Health Adviser on 0191 2292999 or 0191 2292914

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Treatment usually involves taking Azithromycin as a single dose of four tablets.

Alternatively an antibiotic called Erythromycin can be taken for two weeks. If you feel unwell while taking this medication then please contact a doctor, midwife or health adviser.

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It is important that your current and recent sexual partners (perhaps over the last six months) should be treated. The Health Advisers will help you to arrange this. Both you and your partner should avoid all sexual contact until completion of treatment, or if treated with Azithromycin for at least seven days after treatment. It will take about a month for your body to heal from this infection after treatment. While you are pregnant a test to ensure the treatment has been successful is recommended six weeks after medication has been completed. You will be advised to return to the GUM department for this.

To arrange an appointment at the GUM clinic you should telephone 0191 2292999 or 0191 2292914

If your treatment requires you to attend the GUM clinic and you have not attended within two weeks of attending the RVI a Health Adviser will contact you by telephone or letter.

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