Health Watch -- Women's Health: STDs and Pregnancy
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This week on Health Watch, we're talking about women's health issues. If you're pregnant or planning to become pregnant, doctors at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas say it's a good idea to be tested for sexually transmitted diseases.
The number of STDs is on the rise, and many women may not even know they're infected because these diseases are often symptomless. These diseases can have serious consequences during pregnancy, including premature labor, stillbirth, low birth weight, and congenital abnormalities, neurological damage, meningitis and liver disease in the infant.
Dr. Jeanne Sheffield, a UT Southwestern obstetrician and gynecologist, says pregnant women should be tested for chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B, HIV and syphilis.
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