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I have pelvic inflammatory disease for the 2nd time both unrelated to STD's, why?

By Anonymous September 1, 2011 - 1:05pm
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I am 19 years, have only had 2 sexual partners my entire life, and my current partner has been with me for 2 1/2 years. I have been hospitalized twice already in the last 3 months for P.I.D, both times they were not std related. I have been tested for every stds 3 times in the last year or two because i get frequent vaginal infections ( right now i have a vaginal infection, P.I.D, and tonsilitis), since I have no stds, and my partner is clean, what can be causing this? I had a cyst in the past that lasted about a year, also had frequent urinary tract infections, but now they're gone. I also wonder if me being 5'4'' and 86 lbs have anything to do with it?

I just want to know what is causing this, and why I continuously keep getting sick with this.

P.S. I've searched on the internet for causes unrelated to stds, and all that comes up are std causes. It's not fair to have this label when I have no stds.

Thank you!

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Hi! uhm did u have lower back pain when diagnosed with pid?

November 30, 2012 - 2:45am

PID is usually caused by a sexually transmitted infection (STI/STD), but what is important in your situation is that if doctors have ruled out specific bacteria or virus as the cause of your PID (you said they tested you for STIs), it is important to ask your doctors to determine the exact type(s) and strain(s) of bacteria, virus or other organism that are causing your multiple and recurrent female reproductive infections.

- Do you know if your immune system is healthy, and able to fight off infections?
- Has anyone (friend, relative, doctor, other professional) commented to you about being concerned about your weight?
- Do you treat your urinary tract infections with antibiotics, as prescribed? Have the doctors confirmed the type of bacteria causing your specific UTI?
- You said this is your second time to be diagnosed with PID. Are you sure your previous PID was cured, or is this PID recurrent?

Lastly, have you noticed any of your symptoms or diagnoses coinciding with having sexual intercourse? Women can (and commonly do) get infections after having sex, as our bodies naturally contain bacteria, and our urethra is so close to our vagina, that it is easy for bacteria to be pushed up into our urethra during sex. I am wondering if you are reinfecting yourself with UTIs during sex (there are remedies for this!).

One more thought: if you consider yourself healthy, I am concerned about your weight, and also wonder if you have any other undiagnosed medical conditions, are extremely stressed or worried about your own weight? Our bodies can react to stress in different ways, and your body may not be receiving enough calories for it to be at its optimal (you may not be underweight...I want to cover all bases). Stress can also lead to decreased immune function, and your body may be more susceptible to infections. These are just more questions for you to consider, and talk with your doctor about, since you were wanting to know other reasons for female reproductive infections that have causes other than an STI/STD.

Please keep us updated on what you find out from your doctors!

September 1, 2011 - 7:30pm
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