Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (cont.)
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If you have had chlamydia (a common cause of PID) one time in the past, you might now be more sensitive to this bacteria. A second chlamydia infection can cause more irritation and pelvic organ damage that is worse than before. For this reason, it's very important that you use condoms to avoid being exposed to STIs. After having had PID, using a condom every time you have sex lowers your risk of recurrent PID and ongoing (chronic) pelvic pain.
Practice safe sex
Preventing an STI is easier than treating an infection after it occurs. Abstaining from sexual contact is the only certain way to avoid exposure to STIs. Consistent condom use will greatly reduce your risk of an STI infection that can lead to PID. Even if you are using another birth control method to prevent pregnancy, use condoms to reduce infection risk.
Use a condom every time you have sex. This lowers your risk of getting an STI or PID. You must put on a condom before beginning any sexual contact. Use condoms with a new partner until you are certain he or she does not have an STI.
You can use a male or female condom. A female condom is a good option for a woman whose partner does not have or will not use a male condom. For information about male and female condoms, see how to use a condom.
Avoid douching, which increases your risk for vaginal and pelvic infections.
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