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How does pelvic inflammatory disease affect the body?

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) starts when bacteria enter the female reproductive organs, usually as a result of a sexually transmitted disease. Sometimes, bacteria that are normally found in the vagina overgrow and spread to the fallopian tubes or uterus. When bacteria enter these areas, they cause infection that may spread to the ovaries, or it may produce abscesses or pus-filled pockets in the fallopian tubes. Sometimes the infection may not cause any noticeable symptoms, but other times it may lead to vaginal discharge, abnormal menstrual bleeding, and abdominal or pelvic pain. As the infection progresses, it may cause severe pain, fever, and vomiting. Eventually, the infection may spread to surrounding internal structures like the lining of the abdominal cavity and organs. Other times, the infection can produce scar tissue that leads to infertility.

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