Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
The infection is most common in women who are 15-29 years of age.
Other things that may raise your risk are:
- Having a sexually transmitted infection (STI) now or in the past
- Having sex with more than one person
- Sex with a man who has an STI
- Sex without a condom
- Having an intrauterine device (IUD) placed in the last three weeks
There is no test. The doctor will ask about your health. You will have a physical and pelvic exam.
You may have:
- Tests for STIs
- Urine tests to check if you are pregnant or have an infection
- Blood tests to check for infection
- Laparoscopy —a tube placed through a small cut to view inside your belly
Pictures may be taken with:
- MRI scan
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a (PID; Salpingitis)
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists http://www.acog.org
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases http://www.niaid.nih.gov
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada http://www.sogc.org
Women's Health Matters http://www.womenshealthmatters.ca
2015 STD treatment guidelines. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/std/tg2015/. Updated January 25, 2017. Accessed July 25, 2018.
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)—CDC fact sheet. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/std/pid/STDFact-PID.htm. Updated July 10, 2017. Accessed July 25, 2018.
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