Can pelvic inflammatory disease be spread through oral sex?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Even though pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is often caused by sexually transmitted diseases, it's rarely spread through oral sex. PID infects the upper reproductive organs, so it's not as easy for bacteria to spread there if it's contracted during oral sex. The STDs that most commonly lead to PID are gonorrhea and chlamydia, and though it's rare, they still may be spread through oral sex. Because of this, it's important to limit your number of sex partners and know your sex partners' sexual history.

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