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Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

Pelvic inflammatory disease is a condition that affects women.

It means that your reproductive organs (your womb/uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries) have become inflamed (red and swollen.) They become inflamed because they are infected with bacteria (germs.)


The symptoms of PID are:

  • Pain in your tummy. The pain is usually low down in your tummy, below your navel.
  • Pain when you have sex.
  • Discharge from your vagina.
  • Changes to your periods. You may notice that you bleed between periods.
  • Feeling unwell. You may have a fever (high temperature,) feel sick or have diarrhoea.

However, you don’t have to have all of these symptoms to have PID. Some women with PID have no symptoms. They may not even know that they have PID. Other women may have only mild symptoms

Getting tested & treatment

Your doctor will need to examine you and take a swab. The swab will be sent to a laboratory to look for bacteria (germs) such as Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea, which could be causing your PID.

Your doctor will give you antibiotics (drugs that kill bacteria) to treat the infection.

If you are very unwell (e.g. you have a fever or you are being sick,) you may need to go to hospital to be treated.

For more information on PID please see this page.