Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) is a serious medical condition that affects the female reproductive system. It is caused by an infection in the uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries or other parts of the female reproductive tract.
PID usually occurs as a result of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as chlamydia or gonorrhea. Other bacteria that can cause PID include streptococcus, staphylococcus, and mycoplasma.
PID Signs and Symptoms
The symptoms of PID can vary, but here are common symptoms which include:
- Pain in the lower abdomen
- Pain during sex
- Unusual vaginal discharge
- Painful urination
- Irregular menstrual bleeding
If left untreated, PID can lead to serious complications such as infertility, chronic pelvic pain, and ectopic pregnancy. Therefore, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible if you suspect you may have PID.
Treatment for PID typically involves a course of antibiotics to clear up the infection. In severe cases, hospitalization may be required. It is also important to practice safe sex and get regular STI screenings to prevent PID and other reproductive health issues.