Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) occurs when an infection creates inflammation in a woman’s reproductive organs. PID is caused by harmful bacteria that comes up through the reproductive tract into a woman’s cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries.
Causes of PID
The harmful bacteria that causes PID usually comes from STIs. There are several different types of bacteria that can lead to PID in your body, however, so you don’t have to have an STI in order to develop PID.
For example, it can also occur as a result of douching or inserting an IUD. Both of these can push bacteria up into the reproductive tract, which then can cause infections.
Symptoms of PID
PID is difficult to diagnose because there aren’t often many symptoms present until you’ve had it for a while. The longer the infection is there, the more lasting damage it does. If PID is left untreated, it can cause serious complications and irreparable harm to your reproductive organs.
Common symptoms of PID to watch for include:
- Pain in your lower abdomen
- Foul vaginal discharge
- Painful sex
- Painful urination
Talk to Your Doctor Right Away
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms or suspect you have PID, don’t wait to see your doctor. Even if it isn’t PID, you could have another serious medical issue like a urinary tract infection (UTI). PID is easily treatable with an antibiotic if it’s found early.
Regular well woman exams can also help detect any potential problems, so stay up on your annual visits.
Continue learning about PID, or make an appointment with one of our experienced doctors at All About Women in Gainesville and Lake City, Florida today if you have questions about PID or need to schedule your annual well woman exam.