It may be possible for women to become pregnant even if they've had pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), but there may be complications. If PID is diagnosed and treated early, women may have no problems becoming pregnant. However, if PID is left untreated, women may have trouble getting pregnant. In those cases, many women don't realize they've had PID until they see a doctor about being unable to become pregnant. About one fifth of women with PID become infertile. If women with PID do become pregnant, there's a much greater chance that there will be complications during pregnancy - the risk for ectopic pregnancy (where the fetus starts growing in the fallopian tube instead of the uterus) is greatly increased by PID.
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