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Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can be a serious concern. We offer free Sexually Transmitted Disease education, resources and referrals.
Just because STD’s are common doesn’t mean they’re no big deal. Left untreated, infections can cause irreversible damage to your reproductive system, which can lead to high risk pregnancy, miscarriage, infertility, sterility or other long-term complications.
Serious complications can occur if an STD isn’t treated before you undergo an abortion procedure.
Here’s how. During an abortion procedure, cells infected with Chlamydia or Gonorrhea can travel from your vaginal opening up into your uterus. When the cells travel and are not treated, you are at greater risk for developing a secondary infection called Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID).
PID is pretty serious. According to the Center for Disease Control, it can put you at risk for ectopic pregnancy, infertility, abscess, chronic pelvic/abdominal pain, and pain and bleeding during sex. In order to avoid medical complications, the best thing to do is to make it a priority to get screened and treated first if you’re headed to the abortion clinic.
You owe it to yourself to be safe. Don’t ignore the important step of being screened for STDs before an abortion.
The Center for Disease Control can provide you with accurate and up-to-date information on each STI.
Hope Pregnancy Center neither performs abortions nor provides abortion referrals.