Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) is an inflammation of the pelvis.
In the majority of cases, PID is caused by a bacterial infection that has spread from the vagina to reproductive organs higher up. However, in 25% of cases, it is due to an STI such as Chlamydia or Gonorrhea.
PID can be treated with antibiotics, as long as you complete the whole course of antibiotics (often 14 days) and abstain from any sexual activity until the infection clears. You should also inform all of your sexual partners of your infection so that they can also be tested. PID may also be treated surgically.
If untreated, PID can lead to long-term problems for your future pregnancies and fertility.
Some women experience damage to their fallopian tubes as a result of untreated PID. In many cases this prevents fertilisation, or causes complications that can prevent the early cells’ development. An extremely high number of women experience infertility as a result of delaying treatment for PID, so it is important to seek treatment immediately.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please book an appointment with Queen’s Clinic by phoning us on 020 7935 5540.