How can I keep myself from getting PID?

PID is most often caused by an STD that hasn't been treated. You can keep from getting PID by not getting an STD.

  • The best way to prevent an STD is to not have sex of any kind.
  • Have sex with one partner who doesn't have any STDs.
  • Use condoms every time you have vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Read and follow the directions on the package. If condoms are used correctly, they can lower your chances of getting an STD.
  • Don't douche. Douching removes some of the normal bacteria in the vagina that protect you from infection. This makes it easier for you to get an STD.
  • If you're having sex, ask your doctor to test you for STDs. STDs found early are easier to treat.
  • Learn the common symptoms of STDs. If you think you might have an STD, see your doctor right away.