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Pelvic Inflammatory Disease STD Brief
These briefs are intended to give readers (specifically those readers who weren’t aware many of these STDs existed) an overview of each STD, their commonality, treatment options, and diagnostic tests available.
This information is by no means all-encompassing and The STI Project encourages using these briefs as primers and then further delving into the resources section when subsequent questions arise.
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Symptoms, Test & Treatment
Common? Quite common. Around 1 million women infected in the U.S. annually
Symptoms Many women do not know that they have pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Some cases of PID may have no symptoms at all. Later, vaginal discharge, spotting and pain between periods, pain in the lower abdomen and back, fever, chills, nausea, vomitting, pain during vaginal intercourse
Cure? Antibiotics – In more developed cases, surgery may be needed to repair or remove reproductive organs
Bacterial/Viral/ Fungal/Parasitic Bacterial – Many different types of bacteria can cause PID, but most cases of PID are caused by the Chlamydia and Gonorrhea bacteria
Test Pelvic exam. Tests will also be done for chlamydia, gonorrhea , or other infections, because they often cause PID. They may also do a blood test, test of secretions, or a laparoscopy
Life-Threatening? No, but it can cause serious problems, such as infertility, ectopic pregnancy, and chronic pain
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