What About Abortion

If you are considering abortion, you deserve to know what an abortion is and the possible risks associated with the procedures. You owe it to yourself to make an informed decision about your health and well-being.

There are many different types of abortion procedures, including early non-surgical abortion, vacuum aspiration abortion, dilation and curettage abortion, and dilation and evacuation. Risks increase with each week of pregnancy and range from infection and bleeding, to perforation of the uterine wall(1). Do you understand what these procedures mean? We can help. Make an informed decision about your health and well-being.

Abortion and STI/STDs

Because you have had unprotected sex, you are at risk for contracting a sexually transmitted infection. Once an STI produces symptoms it is then referred to as an STD. It is important to know if you have an STI before getting an abortion procedure because cells infected with Chlamydia or Gonorrhea can travel from your vaginal opening into your uterus during the procedure. This can put you at greater risk for an infection called Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). According to the CDC, PID can put you at risk for ectopic pregnancy, infertility, abscess, chronic abdominal pain, and pain and bleeding during sex(2). For the sake of your health, you should be tested and treated with antibiotics before you have an abortion procedure.

Before you make your decision about abortion, call us to schedule an appointment to confirm your pregnancy and learn more about all of your options and risks. We do not perform or refer for abortions, but we can help provide answers to many of your questions.

(1)Georgia Department of Human Resources Division of Public Health – Abortion: A Woman’s Right to Know; http://health.state.gov.us/wrtk/

(2)CDC – National Center for Health Statistics – Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) – CDC Fact Sheet. http://cdc.gov/std/pidtdfact-pid.htm. May 23, 2016.