Pelvic Inflammatory Disease and Vaginitis
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease is a general term for an infection anywhere in the female pelvic organs, including the lower abdomen. The condition starts as a cervical infection and spreads upward to the uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, and into the abdominal cavity. Two common sexually transmitted diseases, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, cause a large share of PID among college aged women. Minor symptoms may be a slight fever and aching in the lower abdomen, and more serious symptoms may be high fever and intense pelvic pain resembling appendicitis. It is important to see a health care provider immediately for two reasons: the infection and complications may be life-threatening; and PID is now the leading cause of infertility among young women due to scarring and blockage of the fallopian tubes.
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Vaginitis is the term used to encompass many of the specific disease which can infect a woman's genital area. Microscopic organisms can cause symptoms such as severe genital itching and unusual vaginal discharge. Although it is not usually dangerous, it can be very uncomfortable, especially during intercourse. However, you may not know that you or your partner is carrying the source of the infection and you may pass the infection back and forth indefinitely. Precautions against recurrent vaginitis include avoiding tight-fitting nylon clothing, such as pantyhose, which is conducive to the growth of fungus. You should avoid strong soap and bath oil or bubbles when vaginitis is present.
-Taken from The College Student's Health Guide, Sandra Smith, Christopher Smith
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