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A Quick (but Important) Introduction to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

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Pelvic Inflammatory Disease 101: Staying well down there

An article by the Daily Mail explored the realities behind pelvic inflammatory disease and just how living through the disease could impact a woman’s life.

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The CDC defines PID as “an infection of a woman’s reproductive organs.” In some cases, PID can be caused by an STI, other infections or an IUD insertion. Some of the more long-term effects of PID can be infertility, scarring along fallopian tubes and long-term pain. The likelihood of suffering from long-term effects is directly related to how far along the PID is once it’s initially detected.

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“Yes, if PID is diagnosed early, it can be treated,” explains the CDC. “However, treatment won’t undo any damage that has already happened to your reproductive system.”

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For many women, the long-term effects of PID impact emotional health just as much as it does physical health. For instance, Daily Mail author Danielle Newton explains that many women who suffered from PID said that the disease had “negatively impacted the level of intimacy and emotional closeness many women shared with their partner.”

By Vivian Nunez

Originally published on HelloFlo.

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