Perspectives on Pelvic Inflammatory Diseases (PID)

Pelvic inflammatory disease affects nearly 1 million women in the United States each year.¹ This infection is caused by bacteria that spreads to the upper reproductive tract causing pain in the pelvic region. Get an introduction to this condition with the quick facts below!

7 Common Questions about PID 

  • How do I contract Pelvic Inflammatory Diseases?
    PID is a complication of commonly treatable sexually transmitted infections. In many cases, PID can result from untreated chlamydia and gonorrhea bacterial infections. However, PID can also result from other bacterial infections that are not sexually transmitted.
  • What organs are impacted by PID?
    This infection can affect organs of the reproductive tract including the ovaries, uterus, and fallopian tubes.
  • What are some signs and symptoms?
    PID can cause many symptoms including abnormal bleeding patterns including bleeding after sex or in between menstrual cycles, abnormal and odorous discharge, fever, pain during urination or sex, and pelvic pain in general. 
  • Is this a curable condition?
    PID can be cured with antibiotics if treated early on. Delaying treatment can result in permanent damage to reproductive organs.
  • I had PID once before, can I get it again?
    Yes, you can get this infection again. In fact, those who have a history of PID are at higher risk of reinfection.
  • What happens if PID is left untreated?
    If this infection is left untreated, complications may including scarring of reproductive organs, difficulties conceiving (infertility), and chronic pelvic pain.
  • How can I prevent PID in the future?
    If sexually active, use contraceptives to prevent the spread of STIs and get frequent STI testing. Also, refrain from douching, which can spread bacteria from the vagina to organs of the reproductive tract.

The symptoms of PID are quite similar to other gynecological conditions. Thus, if you are experiencing any symptoms above, it is important to consult with your provider. Schedule an appointment with us for any of your gynecological concerns.

  1. What is Pelvic Inflammatory Disease or PID? Accessed December 17, 2023.

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