What is PID?

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease . . .

  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease is an infection of the uterus, ovaries or fallopian tubes (Copstead & Banasik, 2012).
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease is a bacterial infection that occurs when bacteria from the vagina or cervix travel to the uterus, fallopian tubes or ovaries. Pelvic inflammatory disease is most often caused by bacteria from gonorrhea or chlamydia (White, 2014). However, bacteria can invade the body during medical procedures as well such as endometrial biopsy, abortion, having an intrauterine device installed or even during childbirth.
  • Other risk factors for developing pelvic inflammatory disease include having multiple sexual partners and having sex before the age of twenty (White, 2014).
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease can be asymptomatic or many symptoms can occur such as fever, fatigue, pain during urination, frequent urination, loss of appetite, unusual bleeding, nausea and pain during intercourse (White, 2014).

For further reading . . .

Copstead, L.-E. C., & Banasik, J. L. (2012). Pathophysiology. St. Louis: Elselvier.

White, C. D. (2014, 28 7). Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. Retrieved from University of Maryland Medical Center: umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/condition/pevic-inflammatory-disease






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