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PID can come from STDs or from a yeast infection

  • chlamydia
  • gonorrhea
  • yeast infection
  • yeast
  • pid

Question:

"My partner was just diagonosed with PID, however she was screened for STI/STDs and came back clean. She's telling me that her PID is due to a severe yeast infection that traveled to the cervix. Can yeast infections cause PID?"

- Anonymous

Response:

Thank you for your question, Nick.

We do not like being placed in the position of being relationship referees. What you need to do is hash this out with your partner. Do not let somebody you've never met help you decide what to do with your life.

There can be many causes for pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Sometimes, PID is the result of an untreated STD. Sometimes, it isn't. 

To answer your question: yes, a yeast infection can lead to PID. It happens all the time. Both chlamydia and gonorrhea can lead to PID. If an STD is at fault, chlamydia is the more likely candidate, as more than 50% of women with chlamydia never have any symptoms.

You said that your partner was screened for STDs and had negative results. Were you able to verify this? If you are having doubts, and it sounds like you are (otherwise you would not have asked us), perhaps you should take a look at her test results yourself.

Some types of STD testing are not as reliable as others. For example, the type of testing that STDAware does involves cutting edge laboratory equipment. If somebody receives a positive result, the test is run again to confirm the patient's status before any results are released. We are extremely careful about false positives being given to patients.

If your partner used some kind of home testing kit, the odds of getting the wrong result go way up. Some home testing kits are more reliable than others, but none of them are as reliable as lab testing.

If you or your partner would like to be tested with a more reliable service, send an email to bret@stdaware.com and I will give you a coupon to use. Another way to verify the truthfulness of what you were told is to get tested yourself. If your results come back negative, you have nothing to worry about. If you receive a positive result, then you and your partner most likely have a serious discussion ahead of you.

Since chlamydia and gonorrhea are the most likely candidates to develop into PID, those are the two STDs that you should get tested for. Our prices change all the time, but as of 11/10/17, we charge $120 for a chalmydia/gonorrhea combination test. As I stated earlier, I can and will provide you with a coupon if you send me an email and address this question.

Best of luck with everything. To reiterate: the answer is yes--it is certainly possible for PID to develop from a yeast infection. It happens. An STD is the more-statistically-likely candidate, but that does not rule out the explanation you were given. 


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