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Is pelvic inflammatory disease painful?

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) can be painful in some cases. Some of the first symptoms of PID may include pain in the lower abdomen or pain during menstruation or intercourse. As the infection progresses, the pelvic or abdominal pain may become more severe. However, in many cases PID doesn't cause any noticeable symptoms.

Shelley C. Giebel, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Often pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is painful.  Patients will complain of pain with intercourse.  A sharp stabbing pain in the lower abdomen can be a sign of PID.  Fever and chills and sometimes vaginal discharge can happen. 
Seek medical care immediately because PID can cause chronic medical conditions, such as infertility.  The most common infections that cause PID, gonorrhea and chlamydia, can also be transmitted sexually to your partner, so treatment is essential.

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