If you are sexually active, you are at risk for a sexually transmitted disease (STD). The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has determined that individuals 15 – 24 years of age make up over one quarter of the sexually active population, however, this group accounts for half of the 20 million STIs in the United States each year.1 Women considering abortion need to be tested for STDs to decrease their chances of developing Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID).2 Life Choices provides STD education and referrals for testing and treatment to women in their community.
With some STDs, a man or woman may have no symptoms at all. Untreated STDs can cause PID in women, causing complications such as formation of scar tissue both outside/inside the fallopian tubes, ectopic pregnancy, infertility or long-term pelvic/abdominal pain.3 Testing and early treatment is important for your sexual health. Make an appointment with Life Choices and find out more information.
stds & pregnancy
According to the CDC4, STDs can complicate pregnancy, having serious effects on both either the mother and baby. Some common side effects are low birth weight, preterm labor, and premature birth. Women with STDs can infect their baby either before, during or after the baby’s birth. The sooner a woman begins receiving care for STDs during pregnancy, the better the health outcomes for her and her baby.
make an appointment
If you are sexually active and are concerned that you may be pregnant, make an appointment at Life Choices. The center will answer your questions and provide you with factual information in order for you to make an informed decision about your pregnancy. All of our services are free and confidential.