Visit our foundation to give a gift.
View Locations Near Me
Main Campus – Hartford
Connecticut Children’s – Waterbury
Urgent Care – Farmington
Specialty Care Center – Danbury
Connecticut Children’s Surgery Center at Farmington
Specialty Care Center – Fairfield
Search All Locations
Find a doctor
Find A Doctor
Request an Appointment
Amenities and Services
Who’s Who on Care Team
Getting Ready for Surgery
What to Expect—Picture Stories
Pay a Bill
Understanding the Different Fees
Pricing Transparency and Estimates
Raytheon Technologies Family Resource Center
Family Advisory Council
Legal Advocacy: Benefits, Education, Housing
Electronic Health Records
Share Your Story
Pay a Bill
Login to MyChart
Clinical Support Services Referrals
About the Network
Join the Network
Graduate Medical Education
Continuing Medical Education
MOC/Practice Quality Improvement
Educating Practices in the Community (EPIC)
Learning & Performance
Meet our Physician Relations Team
Request Medical Records
Join our Referring Provider Advisory Board
View our Physician Callback Standards
Read & Subscribe to Medical News
Register for Email Updates
Update Your Practice Information
Refer a Patient
Find and Print Health Info
Health Information For Parents
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an infection of a woman’s ovaries, fallopian tubes, and/or uterus. Treatment with
can help prevent long-lasting problems.
The most common symptom of PID is lower belly pain. The pain may get worse during sex.
Other symptoms can include:
Sometimes women with PID have no symptoms.
Pelvic inflammatory disease is usually caused by a sexually transmitted disease (STD). STDs (also called sexually transmitted infections or STIs) are infections that spread through sex (vaginal, oral, or anal). Chlamydia and gonorrhea are the STDs that most often lead to PID.
Sexually active women can get PID. It happens more often in women who have more than one sexual partner.
A woman can get pelvic inflammatory disease more than once if her partners with STDs don’t get treatment, or if she has sex with someone else who has an STD.
To find out if someone has PID, health care providers:
Sometimes more testing is needed. For example, an ultrasound or CT scan may be done to look at the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries.
Health care providers treat PID with antibiotics. All sexual partners from the past 2 months need treatment too.
Women who are getting treated for PID should not have sex until:
If pelvic inflammatory disease isn’t treated or went on a long time before being treated, women can have problems such as:
The best way to prevent PID and STDs is to not have sex (oral, vaginal, or anal). Someone who does decide to have sex should use a latex condom every time.
Women who are sexually active shuold get tested for STDs every year, or more often if recommended by their health care provider.
A pelvic exam is where a doctor or nurse practitioner looks at a girl’s reproductive organs (both outside and internally) and feels the uterus and ovaries to be sure everything’s normal. Find out what’s involved in this article for teens.
Pelvic inflammatory disease, sometimes called PID, is an infection of the fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix, or ovaries. Learn how to protect yourself.
Big physical and emotional changes happen during puberty and the teen years. These articles can help you become a source of information, comfort, and support for your kids.
Abstinence is the only form of birth control that is 100% effective in preventing pregnancy. Abstinence also protects people against STDs.
Talking to your kids about sex can be a challenge. But discussing issues like birth control can help lower teens’ risk of unintended pregnancy or getting an STD.
Answering kids’ questions about sex is a responsibility many parents dread. But by answering these questions honestly, parents can help foster healthy feelings about sex.
You’ve lived through 2 AM feedings, toddler temper tantrums, and the back-to-school blues. So why is the word “teenager” causing you so much anxiety?
Find out what the experts say.
Girls should get their first gynecological checkup between ages 13 and 15. Find out what happens during a yearly gyn visit — and why most girls don’t get internal exams.
Before you consider having sex, you need to know how to protect yourself. Read this article to get the basics on birth control.
Puberty was awkward enough when you were the one going through it. So how can you help your kids through all the changes?
The idea of going to the gynecologist may make your daughter feel nervous. Here’s how to make her feel more comfortable about a well-woman visit.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
© 1995-2020 KidsHealth®. All rights reserved.
Images provided by The Nemours Foundation, iStock, Getty Images, Veer, Shutterstock, and Clipart.com.