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Why Getting an STI Test Before an Abortion Is Crucial

Woman contemplating potential of an STI

Before undergoing a serious medical procedure such as an abortion, it's critically important to seek an STI test before proceeding. STI stands for Sexually Transmitted Infection. It is important to be tested whether you have experienced symptoms or not, because latent but asymptomatic infections can pose serious risks. Prioritizing this step can significantly contribute to protecting your reproductive health and ensuring a smoother procedure.

Unveiling Potential Risks

The process of abortion involves the opening of the cervix, rendering individuals vulnerable to common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) like chlamydia and gonorrhea. Ignoring the possibility of these infections can lead to the development of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), a severe condition linked with long-term health complications. The repercussions may range from persistent pelvic and abdominal pain to the increased likelihood of future ectopic pregnancies and infertility. The potential risks are high. 

Undertaking an STI test before opting for an abortion is a proactive measure that significantly mitigates the risk of potential health complications. By identifying and treating STIs beforehand, individuals can prevent the escalation of health stressors and avert potential harm to their reproductive health, ensuring a smoother and safer abortion procedure.

Types of STI’s 

For more information on common STIs and their symptoms, feel free to explore the list of STI’s. This includes 

  • Chlamydia 

  • Gonorrhea

  • Trichomoniasis

  • HIV

  • Genital herpes symptoms

  • HPV

  • Hepatitis

  • Syphilis

  • Neurosyphilis

We are here to empower you with the knowledge and resources needed to make informed decisions about your reproductive health, and can provide information concerning. 

STI testing in Lapeer, Michigan

At Pregnancy Center of Lapeer, we recognize the importance of prioritizing your health and well-being, especially during significant decisions such as considering an abortion. Our team is dedicated to providing comprehensive support and care for your reproductive health needs. If you have concerns about a possible pregnancy or suspect an STI, take the proactive step and book an appointment with us today. Contact us at 810-667-0055 or schedule an appointment and ensure your peace of mind.

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