What is it?
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an infection of the female reproductive organs including the womb, fallopian tubes and ovaries. PID is a common condition, It mostly affects sexually active women aged 15 to 24. Several different types of bacteria can cause PID, including the same bacteria that cause the sexually transmitted infections (STIs) gonorrhea and chlamydia.
What are the symptoms?
PID often doesn’t cause any obvious symptoms. Most women have mild symptoms that may include 1 or more of the following: pain in the lower abdomen (the most common symptom) discomfort or pain during sex that’s felt deep inside the pelvis pain during urination bleeding between periods and after sex heavy and irregular periods painful periods unusual , increased or foul-smelling vaginal discharge, especially if it’s yellow or green tiredness In case of severe disease, symptoms might include: severe lower abdominal pain a high temperature (fever) nausea and vomiting
- Always use condoms with a new sexual partner until they have had a sexual health check.
- Wipe from front to back after using the bathroom to stop bacteria from entering your vagina practicing safe sex
- Get tested for sexually transmitted infections
- You should avoid having sex until both you and your partner have completed the course of treatment.
- Avoid douches
Things to watch out for
PID can become extremely dangerous, even life-threatening, if the infection spreads to your blood. If you suspect that you may have an infection, see your doctor or contact your GP as soon as possible. In case of severe abdominal pain call 000