Learn about STDs and Symptoms

At White Oak Women’s Center, we believe in the importance of helping
women understand their bodies and giving women all the facts and information they need to make informed decisions. We offer free consultations to guide women through pregnancies, abortion information, and all their options.

Before deciding what to do with your pregnancy, we encourage you to find the answers to these questions in order to have the right information to help you figure out your options:

  1. Is the pregnancy viable?
    A positive pregnancy test is not necessarily the end of the story. One in five pregnancies end before 7 weeks due to natural processes beyond a woman’s control, such as miscarriage. 1 You may find out that an abortion is not needed.
  2. How far along am I?
    Your gestational age determines which abortion procedures you may undergo and help you understand your abortion options. The type of procedure impacts the cost of the pregnancy termination and the potential side effects. Gestational age can most accurately be determined through an ultrasound.
  3. Do I have an STD?
    An untreated STD (sexually transmitted disease) jeopardizes a woman’s health by increasing her risk of infection and complications related to reproductive health. Having an STD can affect your abortion options. 2

It is this last question that prompts us to provide information on STDs on this page and the following linked pages.

If you are pregnant and considering abortion but believe you may be displaying symptoms matching one of these common STDs, Schedule an appointment for free STD Testing at White Oak Women’s Center to learn valuable and unbiased information that will help you make an informed decision for your reproductive health.

Common STDs

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV)
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Syphilis
  • Trichomoniasis

 

References

  1. National Institutes of Health (2014). Miscarriage. Retrieved from http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001488.htm; Wilcox AJ, Weinberg CR, O’Connor JF, Baird DD, Schlatterer JP, Canfield RD (1988). Incidence of early loss of pregnancy. N Engl J Med; 319:89-94.
  2. Ovigstad E, et al. (1983). Pelvic inflammatory disease associated with Chlamydia trachomatis infection after therapeutic abortion. Br J Vener Dis, 59: 189-92; Heisterberg L, et al. (1987). The role of vaginal secretory immunoglobulin a, gardnerella vaginalis, anaerobes, and Chlamydia trachomatis in post abortal pelvic inflammatory disease. Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, 66(2): 99-102.