November 25, 2015
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Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

Pelvic inflammatory disease facts*

*Pelvic inflammatory facts medical author: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an infection of a woman's pelvic organs including the uterus (womb), Fallopian tubes (tubes), ovaries, and cervix.
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease develops as the result of spread of a sexually transmitted disease.
  • Most cases of pelvic inflammatory disease are caused by gonorrhea and/or Chlamydia.
  • Young, sexually active women with multiple sex partners are at greatest risk for pelvic inflammatory disease .
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease many not produce any symptoms. In other cases it can cause fever, abdominal or pelvic pain, vaginal discharge, painful urination, or painful sexual intercourse.
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease is treated with antibiotics.
  • Complications of untreated pelvic inflammatory disease can include scarring of the pelvic organs and infertility.

What is pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)?

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an infection of a woman's pelvic organs. The pelvic organs include the uterus (womb), fallopian (fuh-LOH-pee-uhn) tubes (tubes), ovaries, and cervix.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/31/2015


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