What is PID?
Pelvic inflammatory disease is an infection of a woman’s reproductive organs. It is a complication often caused by some STDs, like Chlamydia and gonorrhoea. Other infections that are not sexually transmitted can also because PID e.g. damage to the cervix or miscarriage.
How do I get PID?
You are more likely to get PID if you:
How can I reduce my risk of getting PID?
The only way to avoid STDs is to not have vaginal, anal, or oral sex. If you are sexually active, you can do the following things to lower your chances of getting PID: Being in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested and has negative STD test results; Using latex condoms the right way every time you have sex.
How do I know if I have PID?
There are no tests for PID. A diagnosis is usually based on a combination of your medical history, physical exam, and other test results. You may not realize you have PID because your symptoms may be mild, or you may not experience any symptoms.
What are the symptoms of PID?
Promptly see a doctor if you think you or your sex partner(s) have or were exposed to an STD;
Promptly see a doctor if you have any genital symptoms such as an unusual sore, a smelly discharge, burning when peeing, or bleeding between periods.
Get a test for Chlamydia every year if you are sexually active and younger than 25 years of age.
Have an honest and open talk with your health care provider if you are sexually active and ask whether you should be tested for other STDs.
Can PID be cured?
Yes, if PID is diagnosed early, it can be treated. However, treatment won’t undo any damage that has already happened to your reproductive system. The longer you wait to get treated, the more likely it is that you will have complications from PID. While taking antibiotics, your symptoms may go away before the infection is cured.
You can get PID again if you get infected with an STD again. Also, if you have had PID before, you have a higher chance of getting it again.
What happens if I don’t get treated?
If diagnosed and treated early, the complications of PID can be prevented. Some of the complications of PID are