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We begin a new topic today one that is important to a woman's reproductive life and health. Men also need to know about this topic as it will be important in helping to foster a productive relationship with your spouse.
We will be talking about pelvic inflammatory disease.
Where is the Pelvis?
The pelvis is generally that area in your lower abdomen around your waist, this is where most of a woman's reproductive organs are located.
Can you list some organs located there?
Did you mention the fallopian tubes, uterus(womb) and ovaries? You are right.
This is the site of pelvic inflammatory disease which is generally an infection or inflammation of these organs and the structures around them.
How does an infection get into the pelvis?
It is mainly through the vagina or cervix via sex (80% of cases are acquired through sexually transmitted infections). It may also be through the blood or bowel. Certain organisms are deposited in the vagina or cervix which spread to affect other structures.
These STIs are not nameless, they include organisms that cause chlamydia and gonorrhoea infections.
Who is at risk of PID?
Typically, sexually active young women who do not use protection and stay in areas where sexually transmitted infections are prevalent are more at risk.
Women with multiple sexual partners or past history of a STI are equally at risk.
Do you possess any of these risk factors? What can you do about it? Join me tomorrow as we discuss symptoms of pelvic inflammatory disease.
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