What Is Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)?
Pelvic inflammatory disease is a condition where there is inflammation of a woman’s uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries, usually caused by an infection that spreads upwards from the vagina and cervix. It is more common in young, sexually active women, or in women who have endometriosis. In some cases, PID can be caused by sexually transmitted infections (STIs) like chlamydia or gonorrhoea; in other cases, it can be caused after procedures such as intrauterine contraceptive device (IUCD) insertion, termination of pregnancy, hysterosalpingogram (HSG).
How do I know if I’ve got pelvic inflammatory disease?
Symptoms of PID Include:
- Smelly vaginal discharge
- Lower abdominal pain
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Unusual bleeding in between periods or after sex
Do see your doctor for further checks as these symptoms can also be caused by other conditions.