Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are important to detect prior to having an abortion. STIs are transmitted through sexual activity (vaginal, oral and/or anal). These infections can become diseases (STDs) over time if left untreated. An abortion clinic typically does not test for STIs prior to procedures, which can increase your chances of developing a secondary infection, such as Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). PID usually occurs when a bacteria from a sexually transmitted infection spreads from the vaginal area to the uterus, fallopian tubes or ovaries. Untreated PID can cause complications, such as ectopic pregnancies, chronic pelvic pain, and infertility.¹
Cabarrus Women’s Center currently offers free std tests for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia. We can also provide a referral for treatment if necessary. Make an appointment to talk with a medical staff member prior to making any decisions.
¹Mayo Clinic Staff (May 1, 2014). Diseases and Conditions: Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pelvic-inflammatory-disease/basics/definition/con-20022341.