Pelvic Inflammatory Disorder - Health Tips

Shaun DMello
dr. simi paknikar
Last Updated on Jul 17, 2015
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Health Tips

The most effective way to minimize the risk of developing PID is to control your risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases. In addition to practicing
safe sex
, you should also do the following:
  • Make it a point to go for regular pelvic exams, especially if you are sexually active.
  • Undergo testing for STDs at least once every year if you are sexually
    active.
  • Avoid using vaginal douches on a regular basis.
  • If you believe that you may have been exposed to infection or have any symptoms, make sure to seek treatment immediately.
  • Refrain from any sexual intercourse or from inserting any object into the vagina for a couple of weeks after you have suffered a miscarriage or undergone an abortion. This includes avoiding the use of tampons. The same needs to be after child birth, but you need to do this for six weeks.
  • Keep in mind that once you begin antibiotic treatment the symptoms will start to dissipate rapidly, but it does not mean the infection is cured. Do not stop your treatment midway through.
  • If you have received a positive diagnosis for PID, make sure that your sexual partner undergoes treatment simultaneously, irrespective of the presence or absence of symptoms. Failure to do so can result in a recurrence of PID when you resume sexual activity.
  • Neither you, nor your partner should engage in any sexual activity until the treatment is completed as there is a high risk of re-infection
  • It is extremely important that you inform your doctor at the earliest if you are pregnant, as certain medications can put you and the unborn child at risk.
  • Be even more wary of STDs and other infections after undergoing treatment, as you are at a higher risk of pelvic inflammatory disease if you have already suffered from the condition.

References:

1. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00031002.htm

2. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pelvic-inflammatory
-disease/basics/prevention/con-20022341

3. http://www.cdc.gov/std/pid/stdfact-pid.htm

4. http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Pelvic-inflammatory-disease/Pages
/Treatment.aspx

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