Symptoms of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease


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General information about symptoms of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease: The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible symptoms of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. This symptom information has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of symptoms of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. Furthermore, symptoms of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of symptoms and whether they are indeed symptoms of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease.

List of symptoms of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease: The list of symptoms mentioned in various sources for Pelvic Inflammatory Disease includes:

Symptoms of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease: Symptoms of PID vary from none to severe. Particularly when it is caused by chlamydial infection, PID may produce only mild symptoms or no symptoms at all, even while it is seriously damaging the internal reproductive organs. Because of the vague symptoms, PID goes unrecognized both by women and by their health care providers about two thirds of the time. Women who do have symptoms of PID most commonly have lower abdominal pain. Other signs and symptoms include fever, unusual vaginal discharge that may have a foul odor, painful intercourse, painful urination, irregular menstrual bleeding, and pain in the right upper abdomen (rare). 1

The major symptoms of PID are lower abdominal pain and abnormal vaginal discharge. Other symptoms such as fever, pain in the right upper abdomen, painful intercourse, and irregular menstrual bleeding can occur as well. PID, particularly when caused by chlamydial infection, may produce only minor symptoms or no symptoms at all, even though it can seriously damage the reproductive organs. 2

The major symptoms of PID are lower abdominal pain and abnormal vaginal discharge. Other symptoms such as fever, pain in the right upper abdomen, painful intercourse, and irregular menstrual bleeding can occur as well. PID, particularly when caused by chlamydia, may produce only minor symptoms or no symptoms at all, even though it can seriously damage the reproductive organs. Women with "atypical pelvic inflammatory disease" experience only mild symptoms, unrecognized symptoms, or possibly, in many cases no symptoms ("silent pelvic inflammatory disease"). This more indolent but insidious form of pelvic inflammatory disease is less likely to be detected compared to symptomatic pelvic inflammatory disease, thus placing unsuspecting women at increased risk of disease sequelae. 3

More symptoms of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease: In addition to the above information, to get a full picture of the possible symptoms of this condition and its related conditions, it may be necessary to examine symptoms that may be caused by complications of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, underlying causes of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, associated conditions for Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, risk factors for Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, or other related conditions.

Medical articles on symptoms: These general reference articles may be of interest:



Footnotes:
1. excerpt from PID: DSTD
2. excerpt from Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID
3. excerpt from Pelvic Inflammatory Disease: NWHIC

Last revision: June 10, 2003

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