What is Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) and Symptoms of Abdominal Pain, Fever and Painful Intercourse

Pelvic inflammatory disease, commonly referred to as PID, is any infection and inflammation to a woman’s upper genital area.

This nonspecific inflammation can affect your uterus (womb), fallopian tubes, ovaries, and other vital reproduction organs. Scarring may result on these organs which can cause infertility.

Other issues from these inflammatory diseases include tubal pregnancy, chronic pelvic pain, abscesses, and other serious problems.

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

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!