Why STD Testing Before an Abortion is Important

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that in 2017 there were 1.7M new cases of chlamydia, 555,608 cases of gonorrhea, and 30,644 cases of syphilis “Anyone who has sex is at risk, but some groups are more affected,” [1] the CDC states.

Left untested and untreated prior to an abortion, you risk contracting Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). This can result in long-term pelvic/abdominal pain, pregnancy complications, and more.

First, a Pregnancy Test

At Pregnancy Care Clinic, we are committed to offering you real healthcare and real choices in a safe, caring and non-judgmental environment. Our goal is to help you sort through the information, so you can evaluate your choices, to offer our support, to help you stay healthy, and to empower you to make the best possible decision for YOU.

As a part of that commitment, we provide all services free of charge. Be assured, your visit is kept strictly confidential, as are all test results.

Our first step is to provide you with a pregnancy test administered by a nurse. Even if you have done a test at home, you will need a pregnancy verification form signed by a medical professional no matter what you decide to do.  

Next, an Ultrasound

If your pregnancy test comes back positive, we will offer an ultrasound exam. Ultrasounds use sound waves to generate images on a screen. The ultrasound will check for viability, including a heartbeat, placement in the uterus (not an ectopic pregnancy, which is a dangerous condition requiring immediate medical care), and to determine how far along you are in your pregnancy (gestational age).

About 25 percent of pregnancies result in natural miscarriage [2]during the first trimester. An ultrasound can tell you if that is likely to happen. We don’t want you to have an abortion procedure you may not need. 

Now, Back to STDs

Once your pregnancy has been shown to be viable through an ultrasound, there is a need to test for STDs, especially if you are considering an abortion.

Treatment is easy—taking an antibiotic. Don’t be fooled into thinking you aren’t at risk because you have no symptoms. In fact, most people who are infected don’t have any symptoms.

We do not currently perform STD testing or treatment here at Pregnancy Care Clinic. Later in 2019, we will be able to provide those services to you. For now, we will provide you with a referral, so you can make sure you remain healthy and, if needed, get treated for an STD.

We are Here for You

Once you’ve been tested for STDs, we will be waiting to see you again, to offer our unconditional support as you walk the path you’ve chosen, no matter what it is.

Give us a call today and make an appointment to come in and see us. We look forward to helping you through this time.

[1] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance 2017 https://www.cdc.gov/std/stats17/default.htm

[2] Miscarriage Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatment. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/pregnancy-miscarriage#1