Our team of caring professionals at Willow Womens Center strives to provide you with high-quality medical services. If you think you might be pregnant, we will offer confidential pregnancy testing at no cost to you. If your pregnancy test is positive, we may also provide sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing for gonorrhea and chlamydia at no cost at the discretion of our medical staff and depending on the information you share with them.

What Is Chlamydia?

Chlamydia is the most commonly reported STI and is transmitted from person to person through sexual contact or childbirth.

Chlamydia is referred to as a “silent” infection because most people infected with it do not experience symptoms; therefore, some people go years not realizing they are infected. If a chlamydia infection continues undiagnosed and untreated, it can cause severe harm to you and your pregnancy. For that reason, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has outlined specific guidelines for STI testing, even if you are symptomless.

Why STI Testing Is Crucial Before an Abortion

If you have an abortion while you have chlamydia, the infection can be pushed further into your reproductive system, causing pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).

PID is a serious infection of a woman’s reproductive organs. It can cause short-term and long-term complications, some of which can be life-threatening:

  • Permanent damage to your reproductive system
  • Scarring, which can cause risk of future ectopic pregnancies
  • Infertility (inability to become pregnant in the future)
  • Long-term chronic pelvic pain

Why STI Testing is Crucial If You Continue Your Pregnancy

If you continue your pregnancy but have an untreated chlamydial infection, you are at increased risk of miscarriage, premature birth, and stillbirth. Chlamydia can also cause low birth weight, eye infections, and pneumonia in newborns. Once you are under the care of an OB/Gyn doctor, you will be tested as part of your pre-natal care.

  • Other Complications of Untreated Chlamydia Infections

    Untreated chlamydia infections can also lead to other serious short-term and long-term complications, some of which can be life-threatening. These complications include:

    • Increased risk of acquiring HIV
    • Inflammation of the upper genital tract (subclinical PID)
    • Liver inflammation (Fitz-Hugh-Curtis Syndrome)
    • Reactive arthritis

  • How We Test for Chlamydia

    Testing for chlamydia is straightforward, requiring only a urine sample. The process is simple:

    • Do not urinate for one hour before the test.
    • Our nurse will give you instructions to provide a first-catch urine sample.
    • Your urine sample will be sent out to a laboratory for testing.
    • We take your privacy seriously, and for that reason, we will make an appointment so you can obtain your test results in person. We cannot give your test results over the phone.
    • Our nurse will review your test results with you and answer any questions you may have.

  • What Happens if Your Test Is Positive

    Chlamydia is curable. If you test positive for chlamydia, our nurse will give you a prescription for antibiotics to take by mouth. It is important to take them exactly as directed and abstain from sex until you have finished the entire course of antibiotics.

    We will also advise you to have your partner tested and treated if necessary, so you are not reinfected. You should both be retested about three months after your treatment. There are free STI Clinics in the Beloit, WI area to get retested.

    Please note that any positive results from an STI test will be automatically reported to the local Public Health Department by the testing lab – this is mandatory for all communicable diseases.

To learn more about free chlamydia testing, schedule your appointment today!