It is important to know if you have a sexually transmitted disease as you consider your pregnancy options. If you are considering an abortion, you need to be tested and treated prior to having an abortion.

Women who have Chlamydia or Gonorrhea and who don’t receive treatment are up to 25 percent more likely to develop Pelvic Inflammatory Disease following their abortion.

Chlamydia

This is a common sexually transmitted infection. Most people do not experience any symptoms with Chlamydia, but the disease can damage your reproductive organs and lead to serious health problems. Some women do experience symptoms, including abnormal vaginal discharge; a burning sensation when urinating; lower abdominal pain; low back pain; nausea; fever; painful intercourse; and vaginal bleeding between periods. In men, symptoms could include discharge from the penis, a burning sensation with urination; and burning and itching around the opening of the penis.

You should receive treatment for Chlamydia before having an abortion.

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/std/chlamydia/stdfact-chlamydia.htm

Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea is a common infectious disease. Most women do not have any symptoms though some may experience pain or burning when urinating; an increased vaginal discharge; and bleeding between periods. Some men experience no symptoms, but others will notice a burning sensation when urinating; discharge from the penis; and painful or swollen testicles.

You should receive treatment for Gonorrhea before having an abortion.

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/std/Gonorrhea/STDFact-gonorrhea.htm

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

PID refers to an infection of the uterus, fallopian tubes and other reproductive organs. It is a common and serious complication of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. When not treated, it can cause infertility or an ectopic pregnancy.

There may be no symptoms of PID or they could be severe. The most common symptoms are pain or burning when urinating; lower abdominal pain; fever; unusual vaginal discharge; painful urination; painful intercourse; and irregular bleeding.

In the United States more than one million women experience a serious episode of PID, with more than 100,000 women becoming infertile each year as a result of PID.

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/std/PID/STDFact-PID.htm