What is

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease?

Typically caused by an untreated sexually transmitted infection, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an infection of the uterus, fallopian tubes or ovaries. The condition occurs when sexually transmitted bacteria travel from the vagina to the pelvic organs. Often, women will not experience any symptoms until they try to get pregnant or develop chronic pain later on.

Symptoms of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

Irregular periods
Pain during urination
Pelvic tenderness
Heavy vaginal discharge, often with an odor
Pain or bleeding during sex

PID Causes

Although pelvic inflammatory disease is painful and unpleasant, the good news is the cause is clear and treatable. Many different types of sexually transmitted bacteria can cause the condition, but most cases involve gonorrhea and chlamydia. Certain factors can increase your risk of developing pelvic inflammatory disease, including:

  • Sexual activity for women under the age of 25
  • Multiple sexual partners
  • Unprotected sex
  • Vaginal douching
  • History of pelvic inflammatory disease or sexually transmitted infection

PID Preventions

Preventing pelvic inflammatory disease is easy by following proper sexual practices and hygiene. To prevent this condition, make sure to:

  • Practice safe sex using condoms
  • Get tested if you notice any symptoms of sexually transmitted infection
  • Never douche
  • Ask your partners to get tested

If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, it may be time to see Dr. Sonia Bahlani.

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