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Can You Contract Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Without Having Sex
Couples often worry about having sex during pregnancy. They may be afraid that having sex could cause a miscarriage or harm the baby. It is best to talk to your doctor or nurse midwife about your specific situation to make sure you are considered at low risk for complications such a ...Read more
Likely Chlamydia.: The usual std's can cause pelvic pain by rash, itching, etc., but the biggest cause of pid or pelvic inflammatory disease is chlamydia trachomatis, which is also sexually transmitted. This can cause lower abdominal, and pelvic pain, and a mucopurulent (pus-like) vaginal discharge. This is a very destructive disease which can require 14 days of antibiotics, like Doxycycline and clindamycin. ...Read more
PID and sex: You can have sex but may be exposing yourself to other forms of pid as well if you are having sex with a different partner. If you and your partner are both being treated at the same time, it may be okay. Still, the best option would be to wait until you are finished with the medications. ...Read more
PID is sometimes obvious but sometimes not. Diagnosis usually requires
-Oral temperature >101° F (>38.3°C)
-Abnormal cervical or vaginal discharge
-Many white blood cells in vaginal secretions
-Elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate
-Elevated C-reactive protein
Pelvic pain and confirmed pathogenic bacteria in the genital tract are often considered PID as well. ...Read more
Pid is caused when one person who is infected with a sexualy transittted infection has sex with someone who does not have the infection and shares the infection.
Safe sex is always good advice. Insist on using a condom, even if you are using other forms of birth control. ...Read more
Many: 1% of child bearing aged women get pid to the best of our reckoning. Many cases go unreported, particularly in developing countries. Pid is really a form of an std. Symptoms can be mild or severe, mimicking appendicitis. Young women who have multiple sex partners and don't use barrier protection are much more likely to get pid. ...Read more
Dealt w/regularly: The pain / fevers / discharge / overall feeling bad-ness brings many women to the er for treatment of pid. Severity depends on personal health issues and time since infection started--some require IV antibiotics and hospital admission, others get first dose IV in er and prescriptions to go home with. If having vaginal symptoms, please get checked sooner than later. ...Read more
Antibiotics: Pelvic inflammatory disease is best treated with antibiotics. Sometimes if there is a large cyst filled with pus, a complication of pelvic inflammatory disease, that has to be drained (this is called a tubo-ovarian abscess). Most pid though can be treated with antibiotics. Sometimes those antibiotics can be oral, sometimes they need to be given intravenously. Depends on severity of disease. ...Read more
Recurrent PID: Assuming the diagnosis is correct, recurrent PID can be due to inappropriate treatment or re-infection. There maybe other reasons. More information and testing maybe required to determine the specific reason in your case. ...Read more
Culture/amribiotics: Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an infection of the Fallopian tubes caused by untreated STD like gonorrhea or chlamydia. The symptoms include discharge, pelvic pain, fever etc. If you have these symptoms you should be evaluated immediately. Untread PID can be associated with tubal scarring, infertility and ectopic pregnancy. Early treatment can prevent these complications. ...Read more
See below: Any infection should be treated as soon as possible unless there is some extraneous circumstance prohibiting treatment. ...Read more
How are you feeling?: Pelvic inflammatory disease is experienced differently by different women. There is an acute stage associated with infections, then a second stage associated with chronic potentially debilitating daily pain. If you have concerns, go to a doc or clinic where you can get urine tested, a Pap smear, and an abdominal & pelvic exam & other relevant blood tests. Until there is hard data, we can't say. ...Read more
No: No, it is not.Get a more detailed answer ›
By your symptoms: Pid is mosts often diagnosed clinically based on your symptoms of pelvic pain and findings on examination. It is both underdiagnosed and overdiagnosed as the symptoms can be very subtle at times. The only certain way to make this diagnosis requires minor surgery (laparoscopy) which isn't always practical. There are several treatment options in terms of antibiotic therapy. ...Read more
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (Pid) (Definition)
A general term for infection of the uterus lining, fallopian tubes, or ovaries. ...Read more
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