Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
What is pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)?
PID is an infection of a the woman's reproductive organs that occurs when other sexually transmitted diseases go untreated. Other infections that are not sexually transmitted can also cause PID.
How is PID transmitted?
You are more likely to get PID if you:
• have an STD (like chlamydia or gonorrhea) and do not get treatment
• have more than one sex partner or if you have a sex partner who has other sex partners
• are sexually active and are age 25 or younger
• use an intrauterine device (IUD) for your birth control
What are the symptoms of PID?
There are many symptoms of PID. These symptoms include pain or cramps in your lower abdomen, a fever, an unusual discharge or foul odor from your vagina, pain or bleeding after sex, a burning sensation when you have sex, or bleeding between menstrual cycles. If you think you have PID, you need to see a doctor immediately. PID can lead to long-term effects like infertility, chronic abdominal or pelvic pain, and ectopic pregnancy.
How do I prevent PID?
To lower your chances of contracting PID, practice safe sex and use condoms every time. Additionally, get yourself tested regularly for STDs if you have multiple sexual partners.