Pelvic Inflammatory Disease is an infection of a woman’s reproductive system. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease or (PID) is commonly caused by untreated sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), such as chlamydia and gonorrhea (CDC).
Risks and Symptoms
The risk for getting PID increases for people with an untreated STD, have more than one sexual partner, have sex with someone who has other sexual partners, are sexually active and under the age of 25, douche, or use an IUD (CDC). If left untreated, PID may cause several complications, including ectopic pregnancy, infertility, chronic pelvic pain, and tubo-ovarian abscess (Mayo Clinic).
- Lower abdominal pain
- Pain during sex
- Pain with urination
- Unusual vaginal discharge
- Unusual vaginal bleeding
Prevention and Treatment
To prevent PID, Mayo Clinic recommends practicing safe sex. This includes: using condoms, limiting your number of sex partners, and regular STD testing. Treatment for PID usually includes antibiotics and temporary abstinence.
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-Written by Sabrina Park MPH