STD Quarterly

Key Messages on STDs and Reproduction

  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can affect the full cycle of reproductive health.
  • Birth control pills do not prevent STDs. To prevent infection, use condoms in addition to another method of contraception.
  • If left untreated, some STDs can lead to permanent infertility.
  • Some STDs can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus or baby.
  • If detected, STDs can be treated during pregnancy to help protect the baby.

Source: Cates JR, Herndon NL, Schulz SL, et al. Our Voices, Our Lives, Our Futures: Youth and Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Chapel Hill, NC: School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; 2004.