During pregnancy - sex and STIs
Whilst you are pregnant you may feel differently about sex, and may experience tiredness and pain that make sex difficult. It is important to ensure you have an STI test prior and/or during your pregnancy.
Why is this important?
- as soon as you know you are pregnant, contact your GP or a midwife so you can begin your antenatal care (pre-birth care). You'll be offered a series of appointments with a midwife, or sometimes with a doctor who specialises in pregnancy and birth (an obstetrician). Throughout your pregnancy you’ll have opportunities to ask them any questions you have
- there is some risk of STI’s passing to your baby if an infection is present at the time you deliver your baby
- some STI’s such as genital herpes and genital warts can re-occur during pregnancy. If this happens, don’t worry the symptoms can be managed during pregnancy and will not harm the baby
- the only time midwives or obstetricians may consider a cesarean section is if the genital ulcers are present at the time of delivery. This is to prevent transmission of herpes to baby. It is important to let your midwife know if you have had herpes in the past
- pregnancy can be a great experience, but it can put a great deal of pressure on your body. As you support your growing baby, it’s important you look after your own physical and mental health. Some women want to have more sex during pregnancy, while others may prefer to have less or none at all. It’s up to you to decide what’s right for you.