Prevention of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Medical news about treatments for Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
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Clinical Trials for Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
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Latest Treatments for Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
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Treatments for Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
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Prevention of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease:
PID: DSTD (Excerpt)
complete treatment can help prevent complications of PID. Without
treatment, PID can cause permanent damage to the female internal
reproductive organs. Infection-causing bacteria can silently invade the
fallopian tubes, causing normal tissue to turn into scar tissue. Scar
tissue blocks or interrupts the normal movement of eggs into the uterus.
If the fallopian tubes are totally blocked by scar tissue, an egg will not
be fertilized by sperm or move to the uterus to develop into a baby.
Totally blocked fallopian tubes cause a woman to be infertile. Infertility
can also occur if the fallopian tubes are partially blocked or even
slightly damaged. About one in five women with PID becomes infertile. If a
woman has multiple episodes of PID, her chances of becoming infertile are
In addition, a
partially blocked or slightly damaged fallopian tube may cause a
fertilized egg to get stuck in the tube. This fertilized egg may begin to
grow in the tube as if it were in the womb. This is an ectopic pregnancy,
which is a pregnancy in the fallopian tube or elsewhere outside the
uterus. As it grows, an ectopic pregnancy can rupture the fallopian tube
and cause severe pain, internal bleeding, and even death. Scarring in the
fallopian tubes and other pelvic structures can also cause chronic pelvic
pain (pain that lasts for months or even years). Women with repeated
episodes of PID are more likely than women with a single episode to suffer
infertility, ectopic pregnancy, or chronic pelvic pain. (Source: excerpt from PID: DSTD)
PID: DSTD (Excerpt)
The main cause
of PID is an untreated STD. Women can protect themselves from PID by
taking action to prevent STDs or by getting early treatment if they do get
number of sex partners, and do not go back and forth between
Practice sexual abstinence, or limit sexual contact
to one uninfected partner. Do not have sex with anyone who has genital
condoms correctly every time with every sex act.
choose to engage in sexual behaviors that can place them at risk for
STDs should use latex condoms every time they have sex. A condom put on
the penis before starting sex and worn until the penis is withdrawn can
help protect both the male and the female partner from STDs. When a male
condom cannot be used appropriately, sex partners should consider using
a female condom.
Such common methods of birth control as the oral
contraceptive pill or the contraceptive shot or implant do not give
women protection from STDs. Women who use these methods should also use
condoms every time they have sex to prevent STDs.
screening test for STDs.
Persons who are young, sexually
active, and who do not use condoms correctly every time they have sex
should be screened for chlamydia. Screening and treatment of women with
chlamydia or gonorrhea infection of the cervix reduces the likelihood of
think you have an STD, avoid sexual contact, and see a health care
Any genital symptoms such as an unusual
sore, rash, discharge with odor, burning during urination, or bleeding
between cycles could mean infection. If you have any of these symptoms,
stop having sex, and consult a health care provider immediately.
Treating STDs early can prevent PID.
are told you have an STD, notify all your sex partners
If you are told you have an STD and receive
treatment, you should notify all of your recent sex partners so they can
see a health care provider and be evaluated for STDs. Sexual activity
should not resume until all sex partners have been examined and, if
(Source: excerpt from PID: DSTD
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID (Excerpt)
Women can play an active role in protecting themselves from PID
by taking the following steps:
- Signs of discharge with odor or bleeding between cycles
could mean infection. Early treatment may prevent the
development of PID.
- If used correctly and consistently, male latex condoms will
prevent transmission of gonorrhea and partially protect against
Although much has been learned about the biology of the
microbes that cause PID and the ways in which they damage the
body, there is still much to learn. Scientists supported by the
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) are
studying the effects of antibiotics, hormones, and substances that
boost the immune system. These studies may lead to insights about
how to prevent infertility or other complications of PID. Topical
microbicides and vaccines to prevent gonorrhea and chlamydial
infection also are being developed. Clinical trials are in
progress to test a suppository containing lactobacilli – the
normal bacteria found in the vaginas of healthy women. These
bacteria colonize the vagina and may be associated with reduced
risk of gonorrhea and bacterial vaginosis, both of which can cause
Rapid, inexpensive, easy-to-use diagnostic tests are being
developed to detect chlamydial infection and gonorrhea. A recent
study conducted by NIAID-funded researchers demonstrated that
screening and treating women who unknowingly had chlamydial
infection reduced cases of PID by more than 60 percent. Meanwhile,
researchers continue to search for better ways to detect PID
itself, particularly in women with "silent" or asymptomatic PID.
(Source: excerpt from Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID
Prevention Claims: Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
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There are some sources that claim preventive benefits
for many different diseases for various products.
We may present such information
in the hope that it may be useful,
however, in some cases claims of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease prevention may be
dubious, invalid, or not recognized in mainstream medicine.
Please discuss any treatment, discontinuation of treatment,
or change of treatment plans with your doctor
or professional medical specialist.