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01/23/24 Public Health Education Topic: Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

Per the CDC


What is PID?

Pelvic inflammatory disease is an infection of a woman’s reproductive organs. It is a complication often caused by some STDs, like chlamydia and gonorrhea. Other infections that are not sexually transmitted can also cause PID.


How do I get PID?

You are more likely to get PID if you:

  • Have an STD and do not 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;

  • Douche;

  • Use an intrauterine device (IUD) for birth control. However, the small increased risk is mostly limited to the first three weeks after the IUD is placed inside the uterus by a doctor.



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