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Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)

What is it?

Most cases of pelvic inflammatory disease are caused by an infection in the vagina or the neck of the womb (cervix) that has spread to the reproductive organs higher up.

Many different types of bacteria can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, including chlamydia or gonorrhoea infection, but sometimes the cause of the infection that leads to PID is unknown.

If diagnosed at an early stage, PID can be treated quickly and efficiently with antibiotics. However, if left untreated, it can lead to more serious long-term complications including infertility and chronic pain.

Worried about pelvic inflammatory disease?

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