Saturday, April 25, 2009

What is PID?

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Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is common, around 15 percent of women fall victim to the disease, which can cause serious health risks. PID is an infection of the lining or walls of the uterus, the fallopian tubes, or the ovaries, and can result in long-term pelvic pain and permanent dmage to the reproductive organs.
PID is caused by organisms that enter the vagina and then travel through the cervix (the entrance to the uterus), into the uterus, up the fallopian tubes, and into the ovaries.
PID is spread sexually. Not surprisingly, women with more than one sexual partner are at the highest for PID.
A common sexually transmitted disease most likely to cause PID is chlamydia. Young women seem particularly prone to chlamydia infection. When it's not treated, it may spread from cervix to the uterus and other reproductive organs. It can also affect the urethra (The tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body) and other parts of the body. Chlamydia can lead to infertility or problems in infants born to affected women. PID can also be caused by childbirth, therapeutic abortion (medical termination of pregnancy), or an intrauterine device.

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