Pelvic inflammatory disease, or PID, is an infection of your fallopian tubes and other reproductive organs. PID is usually caused by a sexually transmitted infection (STI), such as gonorrhea or chlamydia. PID can cause scars in the fallopian tubes. This can make it hard for you to get pregnant in the future.
It's important to take all the medicine that was prescribed. PID can cause serious health problems if you do not complete your treatment.
Having one STI increases your risk for other STIs, such as genital herpes, genital warts, syphilis, and HIV. It's a good idea to start thinking about prevention now. Not having sex is the best way to prevent any STI.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: October 13, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Kevin C. Kiley, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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