Is Pelvic Inflammatory Disease an STD?

Safe sex can help prevent PID

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Maybe you have you heard of pelvic inflammatory disease and found yourself wanting to know more about it. Pelvic inflammatory disease, or PID, is a serious infection that can develop when certain infections are left untreated. PID is an infection of a woman’s reproductive organs. Pelvic inflammatory disease does not affect men.This can cause chronic pain and possible infertility. It can occur as a result of a bacterial STD such as chlamydia or gonorrhea. PID is not always caused by having an STD.

Women can be affected by PID when bacteria moves from the vagina into the uterus, fallopian tubes or ovaries. According to the Center for Disease Control, common symptoms of PID include abdominal pain, fever, discharge with odor, burning sensation with urination, bleeding in between periods and pain or bleeding during sex.

Often, women do not realize they have PID because symptoms can be very mild or non-existent. This is why the CDC believes that more than one million women get PID each year. Factors that can increase a woman’s risk for pelvic inflammatory disease include being a sexually active women younger than 25, having multiple partners, unprotected sex, using an IUD, douching or having a history of pelvic inflammatory disease or STD.

If you are diagnosed with PID, you should discuss your treatment options with your doctor. Treatment often includes the use of antibiotics and severe cases of PID can cause hospitalization. If left untreated, PID can lead to potentially life-threatening complications, including ectopic pregnancy and pelvic abscess. PID can also lead to infertility, chronic abdominal pain, pelvic scar tissue, hysterectomy and depression.

One of the best ways to prevent PID is to have STD testing performed. Additionally, the CDC recommends practicing safe sex with the use of latex condoms and avoiding the practice of douching. Remember that pelvic inflammatory disease is very common and many people develop the disease without knowing it. Testing for STDs is one of the easiest and fastest ways to know the current status of your sexual health.

Article by Robert Francis Curtis

Robert studied at Columbia College Chicago. He has worked as a Care Adviser here at Analyte Health for a while and looks forward to spreading more information about sexual health.

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