Pelvic inflammatory disease or PID is an infection of the upper female reproductive system that can affect the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. It is commonly caused by sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as chlamydia and gonorrhea, but can also be caused by other types of bacteria.
Symptoms of PID include lower abdominal pain, pelvic pain, fever, abnormal vaginal discharge, and dyspareunia (pain during intercourse). However, some women may have no symptoms at all. If left untreated, PID can cause serious complications such as infertility, chronic pelvic pain, and ectopic pregnancy. Treatment involves a combination of antibiotics to clear the infection and anti-inflammatory medication to reduce pain and inflammation.
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