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Why Do I Need to Get Tested for STDs Before an Abortion?

Updated: Dec 7, 2023

It’s a subject no one likes to talk about. We get it. However, protecting yourself against sexually transmitted diseases and infections is a way you can protect your future.

We advocate for getting tested following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

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Why do I need to get tested before an abortion?

Getting tested and treated before an abortion can protect you from serious complications.

During an abortion, the cervix is opened. If you have an infection, this can increase the risk of the STI spreading to other organs. Having an abortion procedure while infected with chlamydia or gonorrhea, two of the most common STIs, can lead to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). PID can cause lifelong damage and lead to future ectopic pregnancies or infertility.

What are the most common STD/STI symptoms?

Common Signs and Symptoms

  • Clear, white, greenish, or yellowish vaginal discharge or discharge from the penis

  • Strong vaginal odor

  • Itching or irritation inside the penis or vagina

  • Pain during sexual intercourse

  • Painful urination

However, one of the most common STD or STI symptoms is no symptom at all. We help women stay informed about risks and how to protect themselves from contracting STDs/STIs.

What if I think I’m pregnant?

We can provide in-clinic pregnancy testing, STI testing and treatment, and ultrasound confirmation so you can know how far along you are and if the pregnancy is viable. Please note that we do not perform or refer for abortion services. We can give you the answers and resources you need to make an informed choice and protect your health. Schedule an appointment today!


Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) - Symptoms & causes - Mayo Clinic. (2022, April 30). Mayo Clinic.

Infection associated with abortion - Abortion risks. (n.d.).

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