Pelvic inflammatory disease

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) of the female reproductive system.

PID is usually caused when another STUI—such as chlamydia or gonorrhea—is left untreated. If you have one of these two infections don't do anything to get rid of them, you are much more likely to get PID.

What does PID do to my body?

Most of the time, the signs that you have PID are not very obvious, and sometimes there are no signs at all. This is why you must be extremely careful if you notice any of the following:

  • Cramping, pain, or temderness in the pelvic or lower abdominal (stomach) area
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Increased or different discharge from your vagina
  • Pain when having sex
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Fever

Is there a cure for PID?

Yes! Luckily, if you treat it early, PID can be cured with antibiotics. If you have had the disease for a long time before you find it, you may have to be hospitalized in order to get the necessary treatment.

How do I find out if I have PID?

If you have taken part in any sexual activity and notice any of the above signs of PID, you should visit a doctor's office or clinic to get tested as soon as possible

How can I reduce my risk of getting PID?

There are many ways to reduce your risk. The best way to avoid chancroid or any STI is to not have sex. But if you choose to have sex, you can reduce your risk of getting an STI. Learn how here.

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