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How do peritoneal diseases affect women differently than men?

Many peritoneal diseases affect women and men in similar ways. However, there are some peritoneal diseases that affect women only. Because female reproductive organs are found in the peritoneal cavity, diseases of these organs are considered peritoneal diseases. Ovarian cancer, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), and other such reproductive diseases do not affect men. But, as in the case of PID, sexual intercourse with a man who has a sexually transmitted disease can be a risk factor in getting "female-only" a peritoneal disease.

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