antenatal screening programme

Chlamydia (pregnancy)

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection (STI). The infection can spread to the womb and cause Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). PID is a major cause of infertility, ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage.

Read more about chlamydia on the NHS website.

UK NSC screening recommendation Based on the last UK NSC review of this condition that occurred in April 2018.

Screening is not currently recommended for this condition.

A national screening programme is not recommended for chlamydia in pregnancy. This is because there is not enough evidence to show:

  • that having chlamydia during pregnancy will have a negative outcome on the pregnancy
  • that screening during pregnancy will benefit the pregnancy or the baby
  • the effect of using antibiotics to treat chlamydia during pregnancy

Supporting documents from the 2018 review

Evidence Summary Chlamydia in pregnancy (2018)
This document provides the evidence on which the current UK NSC recommendation is based.

UK NSC coversheet & consultation responses Chlamydia in Pregnancy (2018)
This document summarises the review process including the public consultation comments.

Review cycle

Date previous review completed: 2018

Next review estimated to be completed: 2021 to 2022.

To see previous evidence reviews, visit the UK NSC archive.

Organisations interested in Chlamydia (pregnancy)

These organisations have expressed interest in this recommendation and may submit responses to evidence reviews.

List of organisations

If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for organisation can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.