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Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

{PID}

PID is a serious infection of the female reproductive organs.

How do I get PID?

PID is often the result of having other STIs such as gonorrhea and chlamydia, or an overgrowth of germs normally found in the vagina that spread toward the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries. It’s possible to get PID from any medical procedure that opens the cervix.

How do I know if I have it?

Some women may not know they have PID. Mild to harsh symptoms can include the following:

  • Pain in the lower belly or back
  • Pain during sex
  • Fever/chills
  • Irregular vaginal bleeding
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Feeling unwell and tired

If you have any of these symptoms, see a nurse or doctor right away. PID is diagnosed after a pelvic examination to check the reproductive organs for anything abnormal.

Is it curable?

Yes

How is it treated?

PID is treated with antibiotics. Be sure to visit your clinic 2 – 3 days after treatment begins to see if symptoms have improved. It is imperative that you finish all the medication even if you start feeling better before treatment is complete.

You and your sexual partner(s) both must be tested and treated. You can get re-infected if you have unprotected sex with a partner before he or she is treated.

What happens if I go untreated?

Early treatment can greatly decrease your chances of experiencing health problems caused by PID. PID is known to cause serious problems such as long-term pelvic pain and infertility, as well as a higher chance for a tubal (ectopic) pregnancy, which has extremely serious consequences.

How do I prevent PID?

When you’re sexually active, the best way to prevent PID is to use condoms for oral, vaginal and anal sex.

Don’t have any sexual contact if you or your partner(s) have symptoms of an STI, or may have been exposed to an STI.

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What to expect when
getting tested

Get comfortable with the process.

  • What to bring
    to your
    appointment
  • What will
    you be
    asked?
  • What the
    tests
    involve

What to bring
to your
appointment

Your name and contact details and questions about your sexual history.

  • A form of ID (driver's license, passport)
  • Your health care card

What will
you be
asked?

Questions about your recent sexual history.

When you last had sex, whether it was unprotected, what kind of symptoms you have...

What the
tests
involve

A few different potential tests involve procedures that aren’t a huge deal.

Pelvic exams, swab tests, blood tests and or urine tests

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