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Health Information For Teens
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an infection of a girl’s ovaries, fallopian tubes, and/or uterus. Treatment with antibiotics can help prevent long-lasting problems.
The most common symptom of PID is lower belly pain. The pain may get worse during sex.
Other symptoms may include:
Sometimes girls with PID have no symptoms.
Pelvic inflammatory disease is usually caused by a sexually transmitted disease (STD). STDs (also called sexually transmitted infections or STIs) are infections that spread through sex (vaginal, oral, or anal). Chlamydia and gonorrhea are the STDs that most often lead to PID.
Sexually active girls can get PID. It happens more often in girls who have more than one sexual partner.
You can get pelvic inflammatory disease more than once if partners with STDs don’t get treatment, or if you have sex with someone else who has an STD.
To find out if someone has PID, health care providers:
Sometimes more testing is needed. For example, an ultrasound or CT scan may be done to look at the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries.
Health care providers treat PID with
. All sexual partners from the past 2 months need treatment too.
Girls who are getting treated for PID should not have sex until:
If pelvic inflammatory disease isn’t treated or went on a long time before being treated, girls can have problems such as:
The best way to prevent PID and STDs is to not have sex (oral, vaginal, or anal). If you decide to have sex, use a latex condom every time.
If you are sexually active, it’s important to get tested for STDs every year, or more often if recommended by your health care provider.
You’ve probably heard lots of discouraging news about sexually transmitted diseases. The good news is that STDs can be prevented. Find out how to protect yourself.
Normal vaginal discharge has several purposes: cleaning and moistening the vagina and helping to prevent infections. But sometimes discharge indicates there’s a problem. Get the facts on what’s normal and what’s not.
The STD gonorrhea can be very dangerous if it’s not treated, even in someone who has mild or no symptoms. For information about how to protect yourself, read this article.
A pelvic exam is where a doctor or nurse practitioner looks at a girl’s reproductive organs (both outside and internally) and feels the uterus and ovaries to be sure everything’s normal. Find out what’s involved in this article for teens.
Read this article to learn all about endometriosis and how doctors help girls who have it.
Girls should get their first gynecological checkup between ages 13 and 15. Find out what happens during a yearly gyn visit — and why most girls don’t get internal exams.
What are vaginal yeast infections? Can anything be done to prevent them?
You know you should talk about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) before the action starts. But what if the thought of having “the talk” makes you nervous? These tips can help.
Condoms may be a good birth control option for couples who are responsible enough to use one each time and people who want protection against STDs.
Trichomoniasis is a curable disease that can be passed from one person to another during sex. The good news is that it can be prevented. Read about how to protect yourself.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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