Chronic Female Pelvic Pain - Prevention
Early diagnosis and treatment of pelvic pain
may help prevent
chronic female pelvic pain.
of chronic pelvic pain is
pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). You can greatly
reduce your risk of PID by protecting yourself from sexually transmitted
Practice safe sex or abstinence
Preventing an STI
is easier than treating an infection after it occurs.
- Talk with your partner about STIs before
beginning a sexual relationship. Find out whether he or she is at risk for an
STI. Remember that it is quite possible to be infected with an STI without
knowing it. Some STIs, such as
HIV, can take up to 6 months before they can be
detected 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
- Don't have more than one sex partner at a time. Your risk for
an 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
Abstaining from sexual contact is the only certain way to
avoid exposure to STIs.