What is it?
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) describes any infection and inflammation of a woman’s reproductive organs. PID is usually the result of the spread of a bacterial STI from the vagina, most often chlamydia or gonorrhoea. The infection can travel up through the cervix into the uterus and up the fallopian tubes where it causes inflammation. This can result in scarring and blocking of the tubes. The ovaries and tissues surrounding all these organs may be affected. Other serious consequences can be infertility and ectopic pregnancy.
How do you get it?
Signs and symptoms
The symptoms of PID may be mild, moderate or severe. They may develop gradually or come on suddenly. Any of the following symptoms may occur with PID:
Ensure that any treatment begins as soon as possible. PID is treated with at least a 14 day course of two different antibiotics.