Have had PID
before. If you have had PID once, your reproductive tract may be less able to
clear a new infection because of scar tissue from past PID.
had chlamydia before, which can lead to a "hypersensitive response" when you
are exposed to the bacteria again. A second infection can cause more irritation
and pelvic organ damage that is worse than the first time.
Doctors advise against douching because it increases your risk for vaginal and
Douching may change the acidity of the
vagina. This can help more "bad" bacteria grow, while killing off "good"
bacteria, such as lactobacilli.
done incorrectly may flush bacteria from the vagina into the uterus.
Use condoms to avoid exposure to sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Some gynecological procedures can increase your risk of
PID by introducing bacteria into the reproductive tract. Such medical