PELVIC INFLAMMATORY DISEASE (PID)

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PELVIC INFLAMMATORY DISEASE (PID)

Do you experience severe pain during sex, painful urination, pain in your upper and lower abdomen, foul smelling vaginal discharge ? These are all symptoms of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID).

PID is an infection of the organs of a women’s reproductive system which includes the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, and cervix. It’s usually caused by a sexually transmitted infection (STI), like chlamydia or gonorrhea.

However, it’s symptoms aren’t limited to those stated above, irregular bleeding, high fevers , vomiting, fainting, sharp abdominal pain could also be related to PID .

Risk factors of PID include; 

  • Practicing unprotected sex
  • Having multiple sexual partners 
  • Being sexually active below the age of 25
  • Sexual engagements with someone who has multiple sexual partners 
  • Douching, this is washing or cleaning your vagina with a mixture of fluids 

In order to reduce the risk of PID, one is advised to; 

  • Practice safe sex 
  • Get tested 
  • Ask your partner to get tested also 
  • Talk to your doctor about contraception 
  • Avoid douching 

PID can cause serious problems if not treated, problems such as ectopic pregnancy , infertility, chronic pelvic pain and tubo-ovarian abscess. If you notice any of the symptoms above, please make sure to visit your doctor ‍⚕.

 

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