Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an infection of the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and/or uterus. It is usually caused by an STD (sexually transmitted disease). Treatment with antibiotics can help prevent long-lasting problems.
What Are the Signs & Symptoms of PID?
The most common symptom of PID is lower belly pain. The pain may get worse during sex.
Pelvic inflammatory disease is usually caused by a sexually transmitted disease (STD). STDs (also called sexually transmitted infections, or STIs) are infections that spread through sex (vaginal, oral, or anal). Chlamydia and gonorrhea are the STDs that most often lead to PID.
Who Gets PID?
Sexually active girls can get PID. It happens more often in girls who have more than one sexual partner.
You can get pelvic inflammatory disease more than once if partners with STDs don't get treatment, or if you have sex with someone else who has an STD.
How Is PID Diagnosed?
To find out if someone has PID, health care providers: