If you are sexually active, it’s essential to get routine STD testing and treatment to ensure your reproductive health—whether you’re having symptoms of an STD or not.

This article will provide an overview of STD testing and treatment—and why they are essential, especially if you think you might be pregnant, contact Women’s Care Center Parkersburg to schedule a complimentary appointment.

Why Do I Need STD Testing?

Many of the most common STDs are asymptomatic, which means they don’t have symptoms. But even if an STD doesn’t cause symptoms, you and your sexual partner(s) can still pass it back and forth—and it can still cause health complications. This is why STD testing and treatment is critical.

How Does STD Testing and Treatment Work?

STD testing will include a urine sample and a self collected vaginal swab to look for signs of an active infection.

Many common STDs, like gonorrhea and chlamydia, are caused by bacteria and can be treated with an antibiotic.

What If I’m Pregnant and Have an STD?

Being pregnant and having an STD can be dangerous for you and your pregnancy. Many STDs can pass from mother to baby during birth and cause potentially life-threatening complications. However, STDs can also impact the pregnancy and cause:

  • Preterm labor
  • Premature rupture of membranes
  • Low birth weight

This list of complications isn’t exhaustive, which is why, if you’re pregnant, it’s critical to get STD testing and any needed treatment ASAP.

Get Complimentary STD Testing

If you’re sexually active, it’s vital to receive routine STD testing and any needed treatment. If you’ve never received STD testing or it’s been a while, contact Women’s Care Center Parkersburg today to schedule a complimentary STD testing appointment. We care about your reproductive health, and we’re here for you.