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Untreated cervicitis can spread, infecting the lining of the uterus (endometritis) or the Fallopian tubes (salpingitis), which can lead to problems in conceiving a healthy baby. Spread to the pelvic organs can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, a serious infection that can result in complications including infertility. If you are pregnant and have cervicitis due to certain STIs, your baby may be infected during delivery, resulting in an eye infection in the baby that can lead to blindness, or less commonly, pneumonia caused by a chlamydial infection.
Medically reviewed by Steven Nelson, MD; Board Certified Obstetrics and Gynecology
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/8/2014
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