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Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

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What is Pelvic Inflammatory Diseas (PID)What is Pelvic Inflammatory Diseas (PID)? Is a hysterectomy necessary to treat Pelvic Inflammatory Disease? What happens if a person doesn’t have the hysterectomy? Can it turn into something serious?


Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) is a serious infection of a woman’s pelvic organs that occurs when bacteria has passed from the vagina through the cervix, into the uterus, fallopian tubes, and/or ovaries. Most cases of PID are caused by gonorrhea or chlamydia, two sexually transmitted infections (STIs). However, PID can also occur without the presence of an STI. PID may occur following douching, an IUD, an abortion, pelvic procedures and surgery, and sometimes childbirth.

Symptoms of PID can include pelvic tenderness and pain, abnormal vaginal discharge, irregular periods, chills and fever, nausea and vomiting, and painful intercourse. Diagnosis of PID can be done based on symptoms, pelvic exam, testing for STIs and a UTI, ultrasound, endometrial biopsy, and/or laparoscopy.

PID can cause permanent damage to the reproductive organs including scarring and blockage of the fallopian tubes and scarring around the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. PID can also lead to infertility and an increased risk of an ectopic or tubal pregnancy.

Treatment of PID begins with antibiotics either orally or intravenously in a hospital setting and may be the only treatment required. If extensive adhesions have formed that cause symptoms, surgical treatment may be necessary to remove them. Depending on the damage to the organs involved, at times a hysterectomy, salpingectomy, and/or oophorectomy may be required.

It is important to note that PID can occur/reoccur following a hysterectomy.


This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

09-02-2011 - 04:20 PM


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