Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

Patient Assistance Programs for Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

Untreated sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), a serious condition, in women. 1 in 8 women with a history of PID experience difficulties getting pregnant.

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) can usually be treated with antibiotics. Rarely, PID treatment includes surgery. Our experts provide online consultation and treatment options.


How does PID spread?

The only way to know for sure if you have PID is to see a doctor. They’ll give you tests and talk to you about your symptoms and medical and sexual history. It’s important to be honest — PID can be mistaken for other infections, so doctors need all the facts to give you the right treatment before the infection gets worse.

Don’t worry: We are here to help you, not judge!

You are at a high risk of getting PID if you

  • Have an STD and do not get treated
  • Have more than one sex partner
  • Have a sex partner who has sex partners other than you
  • Have had PID before
  • Are sexually active and are age 25 or younger
  • Douche
  • Use an intrauterine device (IUD) for birth control.

How will you know if you have PID?

There are no particular tests for diagnosing PID. PID is confirmed based on a combination of your medical history, physical exam, and other test results. You may not realize you have PID as your symptoms may be mild, or you may not experience any symptoms. But, if you notice any of the below symptoms, book an appointment:

  • Pain in your lower abdomen
  • Fever
  • An unusual discharge with a bad odor from your vagina
  • Pain and/or bleeding when you have sex
  • Burning sensation when you urinate
  • Bleeding between periods.


What happens if you don’t get treated?

Early diagnosis is the key to prevent the complications of PID. But if left untreated it can lead to various complications of PID, such as:

  • Formation of scar tissue both outside and inside the fallopian tubes that can lead to tubal blockage
  • Ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy outside the womb)
  • Infertility (inability to get pregnant)
  • Long-term pelvic/abdominal pain.