Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), is an infection of the female reproductive organs (uterus, fallopian tubes, cervix or ovaries), and is most often caused by sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as chlamydia or gonorrhea. Other infections that are not sexually transmitted can sometimes cause PID.
If not treated, PID can cause scarring of the fallopian tubes and result in infertility, chronic pain, and/or pregnancy complications.
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) may cause mild symptoms, or no symptoms at all.
Symptoms of PID – if present – include:
Your daughter’s doctor will take a medical history and perform a physical examination. Based on her symptoms, the doctor may also:
If your daughter is diagnosed with pelvic inflammatory disease, her doctor will prescribe:
In rare cases, if PID causes an abscess, surgery may be needed.
The number one cause of PID is untreated sexually transmitted infections. To prevent PID, talk to your daughter about the importance of: