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Can children get pelvic inflammatory disease?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

It's very rare for young girls to get pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) before they have their first menstrual period. This is because PID is an infection in the upper reproductive organs, which really haven't matured before a girl goes through puberty. Also, PID generally develops in women who are sexually active, so children are rarely affected.

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