Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

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What is PID?

PID is a serious infection that harms a woman's reproductive organs. It develops when an infection spreads up from the vagina and cervix into the fallopian tubes, uterus, and ovaries. It is usually caused by untreated chlamydia or gonorrhea. But it may be caused by other infections. Men can not get infected by this.

How can you get PID?

  • Have an STD and don't get treated
  • Have more than one sex partner
  • Have a sex partner who has sex partners other than you
  • Have had PID before
  • Are sexually active and are age 25 or younger
  • Use IUD device for birth control

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Symptoms of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

  • pain in lower abdomen
  • fever
  • unusual discharge with a bad odor from your vagina
  • Pain or bleeding when you have sex
  • burning sensation when you urinate
  • bleeding between periods

Complications of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

  • Formation of scar tissue both outside and inside the fallopian tubes that can lead to tubal blockage
  • Ectopic pregnancy (outside the womb)
  • Infertility
  • Long-term pelvic/abdominal pain

Can PID be cured?

You can be cured by talking to your health care provider who will put you on medication. While on medication your symptoms may go away but don't quit taking your prescribed medication because you might still have the PID.. A health care provider may prescribe antibiotics for you to take, and ask that you rest in bed and abstain from sex for a while. In more developed cases of PID, surgery may be needed to repair or remove reproductive organs.

Can PID be prevented?

There are only two ways to prevent PID. The first is to refrain from sexual contact of any kind, allowing you to avoid contracting chlamydia and gonorrhea. The second is to be in a long-term monogamous relationship such as marriage. The use of condoms does reduce the risk of transmission of chlamydia and gonorrhea, but it does not prevent it. According to a study presented at the 2002 National STD Prevention Conference, there is a 50% risk reduction by using condoms.

How many women and teens are affected each year?

PID affects nearly 1,000,000 women each year. The current number of people infected by PID is unknown. One in four teens are infected with PID each year.
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PID is a bacterial infection

PID is a common progression from an infection of either chlamydia, gonorrhea, and in rare cases, bacterial vaginosis.

Local Places to get treated for PID

  • Select Specialty Hospital
    1001 Towson Ave
    Fort Smith, AR 72901

  • Sparks Regional Medical Center
    1001 Towson Ave
    Fort Smith, AR 72901
  • Summit Medical Center
    E Main & S 20Th St
    Van Buren, AR 72956
  • Healthsouth Rehab Hospital
    1401 S J St
    Fort Smith, AR 72901
  • Vista Health Services
    10301 Mayo Dr
    Barling, AR 72923
  • St Edward Mercy Medical Center
    7301 Rogers Ave
    Fort Smith, AR 72903
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