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Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease is a general term for an infection anywhere in the female pelvic organs, including the lower abdomen. The condition starts as a cervical infection and spreads upward to the uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, and into the abdominal cavity. Two common sexually transmitted diseases, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, cause a large share of PID among college aged women. Minor symptoms may be a slight fever and aching in the lower abdomen, and more serious symptoms may be high fever and intense pelvic pain resembling appendicitis. It is important to see a health care provider immediately for two reasons: the infection and complications may be life-threatening; and PID is now the leading cause of infertility among young women due to scarring and blockage of the fallopian tubes.