Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (cont.)
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What causes pelvic inflammatory disease?
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an infection of a woman's reproductive organs. Usually PID is caused by bacteria from sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Sometimes PID is caused by normal bacteria found in the vagina. If left untreated, PID can cause problems getting pregnant, problems during pregnancy, and long-term pelvic pain.
How common is pelvic inflammatory disease?
Each year in the United States, more than 1 million women have an episode of PID. More than 100,000 women become infertile each year because of PID. Also, many ectopic pregnancies that occur are due to problems from PID.
Are some women more likely to get pelvic inflammatory disease?
PID affects about 5 percent of women in the United States. Your risk for PID is higher if you:
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/31/2015
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