Early diagnosis and treatment of pelvic pain may help prevent .
One cause of chronic pelvic pain is . You can greatly reduce your risk of PID by protecting yourself from sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Practice safe sex or abstinence
Preventing an STI is easier than treating an infection after it occurs.
- Talk with your partner about STIs beforebeginning a sexual relationship. Find out whether he or she is at risk for anSTI. Remember that it is quite possible to be infected with an STI withoutknowing it. Some STIs, such as, can take up to 6 months before they can bedetected in the blood.
- Be responsible.
- Avoid sexual contact if you have symptoms of an STI or are being treated for an STI.
- Avoid all sexual contact with anyone who has symptoms of an STI or who may have been exposed to an STI.
- Don't have more than one sex partner at a time. Your risk foran STI increases if you have several sex partners at the same time.
Condom use reduces the risk of becoming infected with an STI, especially gonorrhea, chlamydia, and HIV. Condoms must be in place before beginning any sexual contact. Use condoms with a new partner every time you have sex, until you know from test results that he or she does not have an STI.
Abstaining from sexual contact is the only certain way to avoid exposure to STIs.