antenatal screening programme
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
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.
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
- British Association for Sexual Health and HIV
- Faculty of Public Health
- National Chlamydia Screening Programme
- Royal College of General Practitioners
- Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
- Royal College of Physicians
- Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
- Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh