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Unprotected sexual intercourse puts you at risk of pelvic inflammatory disease. See five ways you can reduce your risk

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Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is not a disease to be left untreated. This is because it can lead to complications like infertility and ectopic pregnancy. It can also cause very severe pelvic pain.

Any woman can be affected by PID but if you are younger than 25 and you are sexually active, you have a greater risk. PID is a bacterial infection and one of the ways the disease is commonly spread is through sexual intercourse.

Men, especially young men, may be silent carriers of the bacteria that cause PID; you should therefore ensure that you practice safe sex which includes using condom and not having multiple sexual partners.

Other ways you can prevent PID includes:

  • Not douching. Douching is washing or flushing out the vagina with water, vinegar or other fluids. There are also some douches sold in stores, which often contain fragrances and antiseptics. Douching does not only put you at risk of PID, it also increases your chances of other vaginal infections
  • Wipe from front to back after using the toilet. This way you will prevent the transfer of bacteria from your rectum to the vagina
  • Get tested for sexually transmitted infections. If you have a sexually transmitted infection like gonorrhea or Chlamydia, you have a greater risk of PID. Getting tested would help you know your risk

 

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Mofeyintioluwa is a health enthusiast who has particular interests in nutrition and fitness. She also loves music and enjoys reading Christian biographies. She thinks social work and public health are noble professions. Ultimately, she's exclusively for Jesus.

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