Pelvic inflammatory disease, commonly referred to as PID, is any infection and inflammation to a woman’s upper genital area.
You are at a higher risk for Pelvic Inflammatory Disease:
- after your first episode
- if you douche regularly
- use an intrauterine device (IUD)
- after a gynecological procedure or surgery
- at risk of a sexually transmitted infection, especially Gonorrhea or Chlamydia
With pelvic inflammatory disease, you might not have symptoms. But for those that do, their symptoms can be severe. The most common symptom of PID is pain in your lower abdomen, and other symptoms can include
- painful urination
- painful intercourse
- irregular menstrual bleeding
- vaginal discharge that may have an odor
Sometimes PID comes on suddenly with extreme pain and fever, especially if it is caused by gonorrhea.
If having children is in your future, keep in mind that PID is a preventable cause of infertility. Take precautions to prevent the preventable!