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Doctor insights on: Difference Between Ovarian Cyst And Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

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Difference between ovarian cyst and pelvic inflammatory disease?

Difference between ovarian cyst and pelvic inflammatory disease?

One is infection: An ovarian cyst is a fluid collection in the ovary. It is usually due to ovulation, or less commonly a tumor. Pelvic inflammatory disease (pid) is an infection of the pelvic structures (cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries). An ovarian cyst will usually resolve spontaneously. Pid requires antibiotic treatment. It can cause abscesses, which will appear on ultrasound, and can be serious.

Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


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Uti or pelvic inflammatory disease or cyst. Which hurts?

Uti or pelvic inflammatory disease or cyst. Which hurts?

All can: All of the problems you note can be painful. Usually a UTI will be associated with urinary frequency, but pelvic inflammatory disease (pid) could also cause frequency, and a large cyst can cause urinary frequenvy if it is positioned over the bladder. Your doctor will ba able to determine what is going on.

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If you get treated for pelvic inflammatory disease could your partner use the same pills as while?

Partner treatment: If you get diagnosed with a pelvic infection, it is likely that your partner gave you the infection and you should both be treated with the same medications for chlamydia and gonorrhea.abstain or use condoms until you are both fully treated.

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I practice safe sex, can I still catch pelvic inflammatory disease?

I practice safe sex, can I still catch pelvic inflammatory disease?

Yes.: Depends what you call safe sex. Acquisition can come from many routes. Kissing can transmit herpes. Condoms break, etc, etc. Know your partner!

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How can I get tested for pelvic inflammatory disease --just go to er?

Yes, but: Yes you can go to an er, but unless you feel very sick this is a time-consuming and very expensive way to do it. If you are not acutely ill (fever, chills, severe pain) a doctor's office visit is a better choice. I'll also say, with no offense at all to any er doctor, that pid is also very often over-diagnosed in the er setting.

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Will doxycycling hyclate 100 mg 2 times a day cure pelvic inflammatory disease?

Will doxycycling hyclate 100 mg 2 times a day cure pelvic inflammatory disease?

Not always: Doxycycline is only used to treat pid in conjunction with another antibiotic and not by itself. Pid is a condition that is both underdiagnosed and overdiagnosed. Most women will respond to combination antibiotic therapy that has been publlished by cdc. However, make sure you see your doctor in follow up.

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Is it possible for me to have gotten pelvic inflammatory disease from IUD insertion or removal because its been 8 months I still have sharp pelvicpain?

Is it possible for me to have gotten pelvic inflammatory disease from IUD insertion or removal because its been 8 months I still have sharp pelvicpain?

Extremely unlikely!: All iuds are sealed. I doubt withdrawal under sterile conditions could do it either. The answer is elsewhere. By the way, you can acquire all stds using an iud. Good contraception! worthless for std protection!

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Beside sti's, can pelvic inflammatory disease be acquired through any other means?

Beside sti's, can pelvic inflammatory disease be acquired through any other means?

Yes: The vagina provides exposure the outside environment through the cervix, fallopian tubes & out into the pelvis. A reasonably common organism causing pid is e. Coli which resides in the rectum. Fecal material that is exposed to the vagina can infect with e. Coli traveling into the pelvis through the above route. There are other vaginal bacteria that can cause pid not related to stds.

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Can you please discuss the others ways of getting pelvic inflammatory disease other than stds?

Can you please discuss the others ways of getting pelvic inflammatory disease other than stds?

Numerous: From an iud (intra-uterine contraceptive device) complication following misscarriage, abortion or ectopic pregnancy, from infection elsewhere in body transmiited via blood stream or lymphatics.

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Can a hysterosalpingogram cause tubo-ovarian abscesses or pelvic inflammatory disease?

Can a hysterosalpingogram cause tubo-ovarian abscesses or pelvic inflammatory disease?

Yes: Although its uncommon, and generally only happens in cases of pre-existing tubal disease.

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I tested negative on my STD testing, so how did I get the pelvic inflammatory disease?

I tested negative on my STD testing, so how did I get the pelvic inflammatory disease?

PID: While std's such as gonorrhea and chlamydia are often implicated in causing pelvic inflammatory disease, we are finding out that your normal vaginal flora may even play a role in causing pid. It is best to base empiric treatment on clinical findings such as cervical motion tenderness or adnexal tenderness.

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Can pelvic inflammatory disease go away on its own? If Antibitocs don't work for example?

PID: PID does not go away on its own. It is a serious infection with life altering complications including infertility.

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Ovarian Cyst (Definition)

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Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (Pid) (Definition)

A general term for infection of the uterus lining, fallopian tubes, or ovaries. ...Read more