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Will Your Body Pay for an Abortion?

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease inflammation. PID can result from the presence of STD's during abortion and can be deadly.

Abortion is marketed as a simple and safe procedure.  However, all medical procedures carry with them a certain amount of risk and abortion is no exception.  It’s important to weigh the cost of the potential immediate physical consequences that an abortion can have on your body.

  • The simple presence of an STD like Chlamydia increases your risk of post abortion PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease)1.
  • About 70% of women with Chlamydia are asymptomatic (have no symptoms)2.
  • “Of patients who have a Chlamydia infection at the time of abortion, 23% will develop PID within 4 weeks3.”
  • PID can lead to serious consequences, including infertility, ectopic pregnancy, abscess formation, and chronic pelvic pain4.

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1 Westergaard L, Phillipsen T, Scheibel J (1982). “Significance of cervical Chlamydia trachomatis infection in postabortal pelvic inflammatory disease.” Obstetrics and Gynecology, 68(5): 668-90.

2 U.S. National Library of Medicine (2010). A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia. Chlamydia. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002321/

3 Ovigstad E, et al. (1983). “Pelvic inflammatory disease associated with Chlamydia trachomatis infection after therapeutic abortion.” Br J Vener Dis, 59: 189-92; Duthie SJ, et al. (1987). “Morbidity after termination of pregnancy in first trimester.” Genitourin Med, 63(3): 182-7; Stray-Pedersen B, et al. (1991). “Induced abortion: Microbiological screening and medical complications.” Infection 19(5): 305-8; 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.

4 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2011). “Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) – CDC fact sheet.” Retrieved Oct 19, 2011 from http://www.cdc.gov/std/pid/PID-factsheet-Sept-2011.pdf.