Abortion & STIs
What you need to know
- No federal regulations for quality of care at abortion clinics
- Abortion clinics may or may not test patients for potential STIs
- Undiagnosed STIs can spread during a surgical abortion
- Untreated STIs during an abortion increase the risk of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease which can cause vaginal discharge, cramping, fever, odor, pain during sex, or painful/frequent urination
All women considering abortion should be tested for STIs, even if they are not experiencing any symptoms, to ensure that there are no possible complications.