Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

What is it?

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) can result if an infection spreads from your vagina and cervix (neck of your womb) to your uterus (womb), ovaries and fallopian tubes (the tubes that go from your ovaries to your womb). Many different types of bacteria can cause PID, but most cases are the result of a chlamydia or gonorrhea infection.

What are the symptoms?

Most women with PID have no symptoms. If you do, they may include:

  • an abnormal vaginal discharge
  • irregular periods or having heavier periods than usual
  • pain in the lower part of your abdomen (tummy), which may spread to your legs
  • uncomfortable or painful sex or pain when urinating (peeing)
  • a fever
  • feeling sick or vomiting

How do I get tested?

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Can it be treated?

If diagnosed at an early stage, PID can be treated quickly and efficiently with antibiotics. However, if left untreated, it can lead to more serious long-term complications such as an ectopic pregnancy (a complication in pregnancy which can lead to death if not treated properly).

Further infection is common. After a first episode of PID, 1 in 5 women has more episodes, mostly within 3 years. Repeated episodes of PID are associated with an increased risk of infertility (inability to have children).

Can I prevent it?

Yes. Condoms are the only form of contraception to protect you against STI's. You can get FREE condoms from any easy access point for condoms


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