Why STI Testing Before an Abortion is Important

Why STI Testing Before an Abortion is Important

When considering an abortion, it is imperative to have STI/STD testing beforehand. In the absence of symptoms, it is easy to render this an unnecessary step; however, sexually transmitted infections may be present in what is known as a latent phase (there are no current symptoms). The consequences of proceeding with an abortion in the presence of an STI, whether active or latent, can be long-lasting and detrimental to your reproductive health. Moving forward with an abortion before treatment can spread bacteria from the vagina to the uterus. Pelvic Inflammatory disease can result from the spread of bacteria and may lead to future issues including, but not limited to, fallopian tube obstructions, chronic pelvic pain, bleeding during intercourse, ectopic pregnancies (pregnancies occurring outside of the uterus), and infertility.

The staff at Bella is concerned for your current health and well-being, as well as for your future reproductive health and wellness. We know that properly treating an STI before having an abortion significantly reduces the risk of PID associated with STI’s. At our center, we offer free and confidential STI testing during your appointment. Our licensed medical professionals are wonderful at answering your questions in a respectful and compassionate manner. We are determined to get you the information you need to make a healthy and informed decision. For our patients with positive STI results, we are happy to provide free referrals for STI treatment.

Our services here are not merely medical. The team at Bella also includes our Patient Advocates who are well equipped to assess your specific situation and to pair you with the areas top local resources, helping you make the best choice for you! Facing an unplanned pregnancy can be a stressful and emotionally trying time. Our goal is to help reduce the stress so that you feel empowered and confident in the decision you make. Our support isn’t limited to a one-time appointment. Follow up appointments are available for additional questions and concerns.

Here at Bella Women’s Center, you will receive excellent, unbiased care. We offer clinical grade pregnancy testing, STI testing, ultrasound, and personalized resource referral – all free of charge! The center itself is cozy and welcoming; you will feel right at home. We look forward to meeting your needs at Bella. Call for an appointment today!