Terminating your pregnancy is a monumental decision. A decision you should be fully informed about what’s happening to your body, your medical rights, and abortion options. Abortion is a medical procedure and should be taken into consideration as such. You wouldn’t go to the dentist to get a tooth pulled without knowing exactly what the dentist is going to do, would you? The same principle applies here. You need to know exactly what abortion procedures are, the risks, and the physical and emotional impact. Although InnerVisions HealthCare does not offer abortion services, we feel that it is important to empower and educate you with the knowledge about your pregnancy and your body. We are here to provide you education and information in a loving accepting environment.
There are probably a million thoughts going through your mind right now if you're considering an abortion. What about my future? How will I ever go to college or continue college? I just found the perfect job. Is this going to ruin it? Should we keep it? Terminate? This wasn’t supposed to happen. What will my parents think? What will he think? Who is the father? What will my husband think? We see women in all kinds of different circumstances.
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Remember the first step is to confirm your pregnancy, if it’s viable, and get tested for STD/STI here at the center.
Do I really need to get tested for STDs if I want an abortion?
Yes! First, it’s important that you get tested for STD Sexually Transmitted Disease (also known as an STI -Sexually Transmitted Infection) just for your own knowledge. An undiagnosed STD can cause long-term and sometimes irreversible effects if not treated appropriately. At our center, we test for Chlamydia, HIV, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Hep C, Herpes Type 1 & 2.
Secondly, when dealing with a possible abortion, an STD could cause potential complications following the procedure, including Pelvis Inflammatory Disease (PID). PID occurs because of untreated bacterial infections, including chlamydia and gonorrhea according to the Center for Disease Control.
Research states that women who have abortions are more likely to develop PID after their procedure because of the risk of bacterial infection during the procedure. PID can lead to some very serious complication including infertility and ectopic pregnancy (tubal pregnancy).
When PID is caused by chlamydia infection, a woman may be more likely to experience only mild symptoms even when extremely serious damage is being done to her reproductive organs. (source: National Center of Biotechnology Information as the US National Library of Medicine)
There are many things to consider. There is no need to rush this decision. Take the time you need to equip yourself to make your best decision, a decision you will live with for the rest of your life.
While we do not perform or refer for abortions, we are here to help you understand all your options so that you can make an informed decision. It is your pregnancy, your right to know, and your decision. We are committed to providing you with the knowledge and caring support you need to make an informed decision. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for options counseling.
We do not offer abortion or termination of pregnancy services. We believe an empowered woman is an informed woman. This information is provided to help you as you research your options.