Did you know that you can suffer from lifelong complications if you have an abortion while you have a sexually transmitted disease (STD)? Did you also know that women typically don’t experience any symptoms for the most common STDs, which means you can unknowingly go undiagnosed for years? There is good news, though; this is all preventable with STD testing.
We understand that when you find out you’re unexpectedly pregnant, the last thing you’re thinking about is being tested for an STD — but it’s a critical step whether you choose to end your pregnancy or continue it.
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is a severe complication that can occur if you have an abortion while you have an undiagnosed, untreated STD. Complications from PID include:
- Future infertility (inability to become pregnant)
- Blocked fallopian tubes
- Future ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy outside the uterus)
- Long-term pain
- Increased risk of HIV
To protect your reproductive health, Willowbrook provides limited, no-cost STD testing at your confidential pre-abortion screening appointment. STD testing is easy; it only requires a quick urine sample. Your test results are available in approximately one week. If your test result is positive, we will refer you to an area physician who will treat you with medication.
Knowledge is power, and at Willowbrook, we are committed to providing you with the information you deserve so you can make an informed decision about your unexpected pregnancy — and feel good about your choice. Our compassionate licensed healthcare team is here for you. Take the next step, and contact us today for your no-cost appointment.