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

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 the future you envision for yourself.

While we advocate for getting tested anytime you have had unprotected sex or changed partners, ruling out an STD or STI before an abortion can protect you from serious complications.

Why do I need to get tested before an abortion?

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.

1st Choice does not provide or refer for abortion services and alternatively offers medical information you need to make an informed decision, including ultrasound verification.

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?

1st Choice can provide on-site pregnancy testing, STI testing, and ultrasound confirmation so you can know how far along you are, if the pregnancy is occurring inside the uterus, and which options are available to you. Please note that we do not perform or refer for abortion services. Also, STI testing is available for both men and women. We can give you the answers and resources you need to make an informed choice and protect your health.




CDC – STD fact sheets. (n.d.). https://www.cdc.gov/std/healthcomm/fact_sheets.htm
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) – Symptoms & causes – Mayo Clinic. (2022, April 30). Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pelvic-inflammatory-disease/symptoms-causes/syc-20352594

Infection associated with abortion – Abortion risks. (n.d.). https://www.abortionrisks.org/index.php?title=Infection_Associated_With_Abortion

Schedule An Appointment

If you think you could be pregnant, please come in for a pregnancy test and to receive information about your options. All of our services are free of charge.

Pregnancy tests are the only service that can be scheduled online. STD screens and ultrasounds must be scheduled via phone or text.