When you're striking out into the world of dating, the last thing you want is for your pelvic region to morph electrifying experiences into agonizing anecdotes.

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) causes chronic pelvic pain, often resulting in painful sex. While recent figures are sparse, a 2013-14 national survey found 4 percent of women in the United States self-reported a diagnosis of PID, translating to an estimated 2.5 million women. One in eight of women with a history of PID also report fertility difficulties.

In recent years, cases have dropped, which may be because of more regular testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as chlamydia and gonorrhea—two of the main infections that can lead to PID.

Exploring romantic potential with new partners should be a relatively serene process—minus the trials and errors of dating apps and experiences with ghosting—but living with a condition that interferes with