Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) is a consequence of an infection of the female pelvic organs, usually caused by an ascending infection from a sexually transmitted pathogen, such as gonorrhea or chlamydia
Diagnosis is difficult because of the large variation in symptoms of PID and the possibility of mild or even silent (especially in the case of Chlamydia) symptoms. Medical providers must maintain a high suspicion of PID in young, sexually active women with a low potential for treatment, considering the long-term consequences of untreated infection(s): ectopic pregnancy, infertility, and chronic pelvic pain.
Symptoms often include pelvic pain and uterine tenderness on examination.
Early diagnosis and treatment with broad-spectrum antibiotics will help to lessen the risk of short and long-term complications.
- Typically sexually active women
- Usually moves up from the lower genital tracts to the fallopian tubes, ovaries and beyond
- Can be asymptomatic in the case of Chlamydia, yet leading to Infertility
- PID also results in chronic pelvic pain and recurrent disease
- Begin treatment with broad-spectrum antibiotics immediately
- The future consequences of untreated disease are: infertility, ectopic pregnancy, and chronic pelvic pain
Familiarize yourself with the anatomical structure of the female reproductive system with the video below, and continuing reading the articles in this section to find out how our 3D Clinic treats the pain and inflammation of PID and resulting Infertility..