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.
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.
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.