Abortion and STDs Charleston, WV
Untreated STD + Abortion = Serious Health Risk
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD’s) pose a serious risk to a woman’s future reproductive and overall health, especially if left untreated. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in the United States, 1 out of 4 women between the ages of 14 and 19 is infected with at least one STD. It is important that you get tested for Sexually Transmitted Diseases if you are considering abortion and if you suspect you have been exposed. The earlier you can be treated for an STD the better.
Any abortion procedure (including medical abortion) opens the risk of transmitting bacteria from outside the woman’s body or from the vagina into the woman’s cervix. Women who have an untreated STD (like chlamydia or gonorrhea) are up to 23% more likely to develop Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) following an abortion procedure. 1
Each year 250,000 US women are put in the hospital due to PID. It can spread beyond the reproductive tract causing complications that can be serious. PID increases the risk of an ectopic pregnancy and can permanently scar and damage the fallopian tubes increasing a woman’s infertility rate. 2
If you feel you are experiencing symptoms of an STD or PID, please contact your doctor as soon as possible. It’s important to remember that not all STDs produce noticeable symptoms; therefore, it’s recommended that you get tested for STDs regularly if you are sexually active with new or multiple partners. 3
Are you considering abortion? Are you unsure of your options? Here at Cross Roads Pregnancy Care Center we specialize in helping you through the process. Our onsite medical professionals will answer your questions in a caring and confidential way. We would be happy to serve you.
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1 Westergaard L, Phillipsen T, Scheibel J (1982). “Significance of cervical Chlamydia trachomatis infection in postabortal pelvic inflammatory disease.” Obstetrics and Gynecology, 68(5): 668-90; Ovigstad E, et al. (1983). “Pelvic inflammatory disease associated with Chlamydia trachomatis infection after therapeutic abortion.” Br J Vener Dis, 59: 189-92; Heisterberg L, et al. (1987). “The role of vaginal secretory immunoglobulin a, gardnerella vaginalis, anaerobes, and Chlamydia trachomatis in post abortal pelvic inflammatory disease.” Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, 66(2): 99-102.
2 Modern Medicine Network (2019). Pelvic inflammatory disease: Don’t let it sneak up on you. Retrieved from https://www.obgyn.net/pelvic-pain/pelvic-inflammatory-disease-dont-let-it-sneak-you
3 Center for Disease Control and Prevention (2014). Which STD tests should I get? Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/std/prevention/screeningreccs.htm