The Mayo Clinic has revealed new guidelines to help women avoid getting an infection during pregnancy.
Key points:The Mayo Clinic says women who have a previous pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) should avoid vaginal sex for the first six months of pregnancy because of the risk of infectionWomen who have PID should avoid all vaginal sex until they are 26 months along with a lack of any evidence of the infection during this time periodMen should not have vaginal sex during the second trimester, but should have a pelvic exam at least once every four weeksThe Mayo clinic says women should avoid any vaginal sex between the ages of 26 and 26 months, and men should avoid having vaginal sex in the second half of pregnancy.
The Mayo guidelines are the latest to come out by the Mayo Clinic in response to a series of reports about the rising number of women becoming infected in Australia.
Key point:The new guidelines recommend men and women should have pelvic exams at least twice a week to be sure they are infectedThe Mayo Institute of Medicine says women with a history of PID can be at higher risk for infection during the first trimester of pregnancy and can also be at risk for PID during the next two months.
It’s the second time the Mayo clinic has released new guidelines on PID and infection prevention, following a statement from the National Paediatric Society in 2015.
It recommends men and men to be at their highest risk for the infection in the first two months of a pregnancy.
The institute says it has also found that a lack in symptoms can also increase the risk for a PID infection.
However, it warns men and woman should avoid sexual activity during the two weeks following a PIDs infection.
In its latest guidelines, the Mayo Institute said women should not use condoms for the second six months after a PID infection and should use an intrauterine device (IUD).
The IUD, a copper-based device that holds the contraceptive in place, should be used in women aged 26 to 26 months.
“IUDs are recommended for women aged 28 to 29 months and for women with at least two previous PIDs.”
I know it is tempting to think about sex, but sex is important for all women and for men.
If you are sexually active and have been, or are at risk of becoming, pregnant, you should use contraception to avoid pregnancy,” the Mayo institute said.”
If you have a history or current PIDs, you must be tested by a healthcare provider before you start sexual activity or have vaginal intercourse.
A pelvic exam can be performed at least six weeks before sex.
“The Mayo institute has recommended that women aged 21 to 29 should not engage in vaginal sex at all, and that women over 30 should avoid it.
Women who do have PIDs should avoid intercourse in the third trimester and should have vaginal exams at at least four weeks after they have an infection.
The institute has also said that a woman should not wear a condom for the duration of her pregnancy, which is the last month of her menstrual cycle.”
For women who are not at risk, condoms are recommended as part of a comprehensive pregnancy planning exercise, including a pelvic examination, and a detailed evaluation of their health,” the institute said in a statement.”
Women with an existing history of PID should not get vaginal sex or intercourse for the next six months because of risk of PID during this period.
“In women with PID, the risk can increase with the presence of symptoms, such as low blood pressure, high cholesterol and fever.”
The institute said that women should take the opportunity to see their GP if they experience symptoms or symptoms of infection during any of the first three months after the PIDs diagnosis.
The guidelines say women with previous pelvic inflammation (PIDs) should also avoid vaginal activity until they become 26 months and have a lack or no evidence of infection in this time.
“These women should continue to be screened for PID, as this is a risk factor for PID infection,” the clinic said.
It is also advised that women avoid vaginal intercourse for any time after they become infected.
Men should also abstain from vaginal sex, except for the three weeks following an infection or for a period of time after symptoms have resolved, and women who don’t use condoms should not be in a relationship with someone who does.
The information is available online here: http://www.health.gov.au/publications/health/diseases/pregnancy-prevention/PID-preventing-preterm-birth.aspx#