Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Alternate Names : PID
What can be done to prevent the infection?
Safer sex practices can help prevent sexually transmitted diseases which can lead to PID. If a woman has a sexual partner who has an STD, then she needs to be treated. If a woman thinks she has been exposed to someone with an STD, she should be treated.
What are the long-term effects of the infection?
The long-term effects of PID depend on several factors. These include the severity and length of the infection as well as the organism that caused the infection. Possible complications include:
abscess, or pus pocket, in the tubes, ovaries, or behind the uterus
arthritis or swelling of the joints due to a gonococcal infection
destruction of the ovaries and tubes
increased risk of ectopic pregnancy
sepsis, a serious blood infection that may lead to septic shock and death
What are the risks to others?
The sexually transmitted disease that caused PID may be passed to the woman's sexual partners.