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:
Pain in the lower abdomen
Unusual discharge, sometimes with a foul odor
Burning during urination
Bleeding between periods
Nausea or vomiting (in severe cases)
Tests and Diagnosis
Your daughter’s doctor will take a medical history and perform a physical examination. Based on her symptoms, the doctor may also: