Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
What is Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)?
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is a condition that involves inflammation of the female reproductive organs, including the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries, usually caused by bacterial infection. PID is typically a result of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), such as chlamydia or gonorrhea, but can also occur due to other types of infections.
PID can cause symptoms such as lower abdominal pain, pelvic pain, abnormal vaginal discharge, fever, pain during sexual intercourse, and irregular menstrual bleeding.
If left untreated, PID can lead to serious complications, including chronic pelvic pain, infertility, and increased risk of ectopic pregnancy. Prompt diagnosis and treatment with antibiotics are essential to prevent complications and reduce the risk of long-term damage to the reproductive organs. Preventive measures, such as practicing safe sex, regular screening for STIs, and early treatment of infections, can help reduce the risk of developing PID.
When is it necessary to see a doctor?
It is necessary to see a doctor if you suspect you may have a PID or are experiencing symptoms. If you suspect you may have PID or have been exposed to STIs, it is important to seek medical evaluation promptly for proper diagnosis and treatment to prevent potential complications.
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