Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) is an infection of the reproductive organs in women. It occurs when bacteria from the vagina or cervix spread to the uterus, fallopian tubes, or ovaries. PID can be caused by sexually transmitted infections (STIs), such as chlamydia and gonorrhea, or by bacteria that are normally present in the vagina.
Symptoms of PID include pelvic pain, fever, unusual vaginal discharge, painful urination, and pain during sex. If left untreated, PID can cause serious complications, such as infertility, ectopic pregnancy, chronic pelvic pain, and abscesses.
Treatment for PID usually involves antibiotics to clear the infection. In severe cases, hospitalization may be necessary. To prevent PID, it is important to practice safe sex, get tested regularly for STIs, and seek treatment promptly if symptoms occur.