Condoms cut risk of pelvic disease
Consistent condom use can help prevent recurrence of pelvic inflammatory disease in women who are at a higher risk of the infection.
The researchers found that women who said they used condoms at least 60 per cent of the time were half as likely to develop PID again as compared to those who never used them. They were also 60 per cent less likely to become infertile.Women in the study were considered consistent condom users if they used them during at least six out of every 10 sexual encounters. However, using condoms most of the time, rather than every time, is still a risky proposition outside of a monogamous relationship where neither partner has a sexually transmitted disease (STD).The findings give the first clear evidence that consistent condom use cuts the risk of bacterial and not only viral STDs. Though various bacteria can cause PID, most cases arise from the sexually transmitted bacterial infections like gonorrhoea and chlamydia.It's well established that condom use lowers the odds of HIV transmission. But there had been no previous prospective studies looking at whether condoms can prevent bacterial STDs. Prospective studies follow a group of people over time to try to establish cause-and-effect relationships. The latest findings close a gap in the research on condoms and STDs.
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