It’s amazing how many times we say, or hear, this phrase “My next step is to . . .” or “What’s your next step going to be?” When it comes to being pregnant, you have three possible next steps – to parent, to adopt or to abort – all of which are life-changing steps.
When you think you might be pregnant, the very first step is to find out for certain. A positive pregnancy test is a good indication that you are indeed pregnant, but the only way to confirm a viable pregnancy is to have an ultrasound. Although we don’t perform abortions at Next Step Pregnancy Services, we do provide free diagnostic OB ultrasounds to confirm whether or not a pregnancy is viable. We do this because statistics show that 15-20% of all women with a verified pregnancy will end up having a miscarriage, and if your next step is to have an abortion, you may not have to because your body is spontaneously ending the pregnancy.
So, if you think you might be pregnant, what’s your next step going to be?
Absolutely. STD/STI testing prior to an abortion is essential for the future of your health. During an abortion, as well as insertion of an IUD, bacteria moves from the vagina and cervix upward into the uterus, ovaries, or fallopian tubes. This bacteria can lead to an abscess in the fallopian tube or ovary causing Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, or PID. Long-term problems can occur if PID is not treated promptly. According to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, PID is an infection of the female reproductive organs and it is diagnosed in more than one million women each year in the United States.
So what causes PID?
The two STIs, gonorrhea and chlamydia, are the main cause of PID – and the symptoms a woman may experience with these two infections can be very vague but the possible effect on your future health can be very serious and include:
Infertility – one in ten women with PID becomes infertile.
Future ectopic pregnancy – when a fertilized egg begins to grow in the fallopian tube rather than the uterus. If the tube ruptures, it may life-threatening bleeding into the woman’s abdomen and pelvis.
Chronic pelvic pain – PID may lead to long-lasting pelvic pain in some women.
Although we do not offer testing at Next Step Pregnancy Services at this time, we will in the near future. Until then, we are equipped to offer you nearby referrals where you will receive free or greatly reduced testing fees.
If you are considering abortion please get tested for these easily treatable infections first!