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Is pelvic inflammatory disease serious?

If it's caught and treated, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) may not be too serious. However, because pelvic inflammatory disease often doesn't cause any noticeable symptoms, it may not be diagnosed and treated until it's already caused serious problems. When pelvic inflammatory disease is left untreated, it can lead to complications such as chronic pelvic pain, an increased risk of ectopic pregnancy, and infertility. PID isn't often life-threatening, but these complications are still serious and permanent. Because of these risks, it's important to talk to your doctor as soon as you notice any symptoms.

Shelley C. Giebel, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Yes, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) is a serious medical condition.  If left untreated, PID can cause scar tissue inside the uterus and in the pelvis.  Tubal pregnancies and infertility can occur.  If the infection is left untreated, PID can require hospitalization and even surgery in severe cases.  It is important to seek medical care as soon as you suspect PID.  Finish the complete course of antibiotics prescribed.  A follow-up examination is important to assure resolution.  

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