Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) is an infection of the female reproductive organs, which is caused by sexually transmitted bacteria travelling from your vagina to your uterus, fallopian tubes or ovaries.
What are the symptoms?
- Lower abdomen/pelvic pain
- Heavy vaginal discharge with an unpleasant odor
- Irregular menstrual bleeding
- Pain during intercourse
- Painful urination
What causes PID?
PID is often caused by gonorrhea or chlamydia infections, generally acquired through unprotected sex. However bacteria may also enter the reproductive tract after intrauterine device insertion, childbirth, miscarriage or abortion.
Often, women with PID do not experience any symptoms, and do not get treated.
What are the side effects of PID?
If PID goes untreated, reproductive organs can be damaged, leading to several complications including Ectopic pregnancy (when the fertilized egg can’t make its way through the fallopian tube to implant, which may cause massive, life-threatening bleeding), Infertility and Chronic pelvic pain.
How is it diagnosed?
PID is usually diagnosed through a pelvic exam, urine tests and an analysis of vaginal discharge and cervical cultures. Doctors may also recommend other tests to confirm the diagnosis, including:
- Endometrial biopsy. During this procedure, your doctor removes a small piece of your uterine lining (endometrium) for testing.
- Laparoscopy. During this procedure, your doctor inserts a thin, lighted instrument through a small incision in your abdomen to view your pelvic organs.
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