Abortion & STDs

Abortion & STDs

How can I find out if I have an STD?

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) also called sexually transmitted infections (STIs), pose a severe 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, ages 14 to 19, is infected with at least one STD.

While both men and women in the U.S. are diagnosed with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in about equal numbers, they are not affected by STIs equally. For example, women are more likely than men to experience long-term health complications from untreated STIs, including infertility (the inability to have a baby). A pregnant woman can also pass an STI along to her baby during pregnancy or childbirth.

According to the Office on Women’s Health, women often have more serious health problems from STIs than men:

  • Chlamydia and gonorrhea left untreated, raise the risk of chronic pelvic pain and life-threatening ectopic pregnancy. Chlamydia and gonorrhea also can cause infertility.
  • Untreated syphilis in pregnant women results in infant death up to 40% of the time.
  • Women have a higher risk than men of getting an STI during unprotected vaginal sex. Unprotected anal sex puts women at even more risk for getting an STI than unprotected vaginal sex.

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Is it necessary to get tested?

STD testing and treatment are critical if you are considering an abortion because chlamydia, the most common STD in the US, rarely has symptoms. Studies have demonstrated that 70-95% of women and 90% of men who have chlamydia do not realize that they have it. Woman 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.

What can I do to protect myself from getting an STD?

The only way to be 100% confident of avoiding STD/STI infections is abstaining from sex or intimate physical contact including oral sex.

If sexually active, to prevent getting a sexually transmitted disease, or STD, always avoid sex with anyone who has genital sores, a rash, discharge, or other symptoms.

Proper use of condoms with each act of sexual intercourse can reduce, but not eliminate, the risk of STDs. Use latex condoms every time you have sex. If you use a lubricant, make sure it’s water-based. Use condoms for the entire sex act. Condoms are not 100% effective at preventing disease or pregnancy. However, they are extremely effective if used properly. They must be used consistently and correctly each time to reduce the risk of infection. Remember that condom use does not ensure that you will be protected.

Prevention through avoiding exposure is the best strategy for controlling the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. Sexual Exposure Chart

abortion & std's

Is it necessary to get tested?

STD testing and treatment are critical if you are considering an abortion because chlamydia, the most common STD in the US, rarely has symptoms. Studies have demonstrated that 70-95% of women and 90% of men who have chlamydia do not realize that they have it. Woman 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.

What can I do to protect myself from getting an STD?

The only way to be 100% confident of avoiding STD/STI infections is abstaining from sex or intimate physical contact including oral sex.

If sexually active, to prevent getting a sexually transmitted disease, or STD, always avoid sex with anyone who has genital sores, a rash, discharge, or other symptoms.

Proper use of condoms with each act of sexual intercourse can reduce, but not eliminate, the risk of STDs. Use latex condoms every time you have sex. If you use a lubricant, make sure it’s water-based. Use condoms for the entire sex act. Condoms are not 100% effective at preventing disease or pregnancy. However, they are extremely effective if used properly. They must be used consistently and correctly each time to reduce the risk of infection. Remember that condom use does not ensure that you will be protected.

Prevention through avoiding exposure is the best strategy for controlling the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. Sexual Exposure Chart

Consider Your Options

Become empowered to make a well-informed pregnancy decision. Consider the three options for your pregnancy. 

Insight Women’s Center does not offer, recommend, or refer for abortions. We can help you determine how far along you are and share accurate information about abortion procedures and risks—empowering you to make the best choice for you.
Call to schedule an appointment for your initial visit and a free pregnancy test.

Additional Questions You Might Have?

Walk-ins are welcome. However, making an appointment minimizes your office wait. Please text  or call.
We are committed to supporting women throughout their pregnancy decision journey. We are prepared to provide after-abortion support to women who feel they can benefit from this service.

Please allow anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes for your appointment. Our administrative assistant can give you a better idea of how much time your appointment will take depending on the services you request when scheduling.

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