Pelvic inflammatory disease, or PID, is among the leading causes of infertility in women, but it is a condition that many women do not realize they have. In many cases PID is also preventable, because it is frequently the result of untreated sexually transmitted diseases. Below you can see answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about PID so that you know how to better protect yourself from this serious condition.
What causes PID?
Untreated infections are the primary cause of PID. In many cases, these infections are sexually transmitted, and they include common STDs like chlamydia and gonorrhea. Because these infections do not typically show symptoms in their earliest stages, all sexually active women should have regular STD screenings as part of their preventive care. Factors that can drive up your risk of contracting the infections that lead to pelvic inflammatory disease include having sex with multiple partners, having sex before the age of 25, douching, and using an IUD for birth control.
How can I tell if I have PID?
Unfortunately, some women will not know that they have PID until they try to conceive. Others may have distinct symptoms that will alert them that something is wrong. If you have symptoms of abdominal pain, fever, vaginal discharge, pain or bleeding during sex, or a burning sensation during urination, you should talk to your gynecologist about the possibility of PID causing these issues.
What are my treatment options?
PID is treatable with antibiotic medications, though any damage caused by the condition to the reproductive organs is irreversible. You are also more likely to get PID if you have already had it, so taking extra steps to prevent sexually transmitted diseases will be important for your future health.
To address symptoms of pelvic pain or learn more about the right STD screening procedures for your lifestyle, connect with Desert West OBGYN at (602) 978-1500. We have offices serving the residents of Anthem, Arrowhead, Phoenix, Glendale, and Estrella.