Evaluating your likely current (and near future) state of health means taking into account the risk factors — such as your chance of becoming pregnant soon — that affect you. Our medical diagnosis tool, The Analyst™, identifies major risk factors by asking the right questions.
Is there a chance of your becoming pregnant within the next six months?
Possible responses:→ Don't know
→ No, definitely not
→ Yes, a fair chance
→ Yes - in fact I think I may be already
→ I am currently pregnant
Pregnancy can cause a significant hormonal imbalance.
Pregnant women with periodontal disease are statistically more likely to have a baby that is born prematurely, according to a study of more than 2,000 pregnant women. This connection is not yet fully understood but may be due to underlying inflammation or infections.
Conversely, pregnancy and its related hormonal changes appear to worsen gum disease and tooth loss. During pregnancy the body experiences hormonal changes that can affect many tissues, including the gums. Gums can become sensitive and at times react strongly to the hormonal fluctuations, which may in turn increase the susceptibility to gum disease.
Pregnancy is a risk factor for developing a worse form of the disease. It is possible for an infected mother to transmit the virus to her child via breast milk.