pelvic inflammatory disease


Definition of pelvic inflammatory disease

: inflammation of the female reproductive tract (such as the fallopian tubes and ovaries) that occurs especially as a result of a sexually transmitted disease and is a leading cause of infertility in women

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Recent Examples on the Web Proper screening for breast cancer and chlamydia could save the lives of 3,700 women and prevent 30,000 cases of pelvic inflammatory disease, a serious condition that can cause infertility or chronic pain. Kelly Glass, National Geographic, "The pandemic highlights why women need better doctors," 24 Aug. 2020 Women with pelvic inflammatory disease, an infection of the reproductive organs that’s often caused by chlamydia or gonorrhea, are more likely to have damaged tubes than women who don’t have the condition. Melinda Wenner Moyer, New York Times, "Female Infertility: What to Do and How to Cope," 18 Apr. 2020 There are common side effects such as depression, weight gain, and irregular bleeding, and rare, debilitating ones such as pelvic inflammatory disease, blood clots, and ovarian cysts. Morgan Ome, The Atlantic, "The Surprisingly Fraught Question of Who Pays for Birth Control," 19 Feb. 2020 There is a relationship between pelvic inflammatory disease and ovarian cancer, but more research is needed to draw any conclusion about this possible connection. Jen Christensen, CNN, "Study finds no statistically significant link between talc powder and ovarian cancer, but questions remain," 7 Jan. 2020 Some studies have also suggested that M. Gen. infection contributes to infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease in women and birth complications, though the evidence is not yet considered strong enough to constitute scientific proof. San Diego Union-Tribune, "New test from San Diego’s Hologic is first in U.S. to help detect new STD threat," 2 Aug. 2019 If left untreated, STIs can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease and ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy that grows outside of the uterus), the most common cause of death among women during the first trimester. Leana Wen, SELF, "As a Doctor and Mother, Here’s What I Wish People Knew About the Maternal Mortality Crisis," 25 Sep. 2019 The study also noted that many of these rape victims dealt with a range of health issues that included pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis and unwanted pregnancies. Rubén Rosario, Twin Cities, "Rosario: Violence against women sadly too common. Here’s what men can do.," 19 Sep. 2019 If left untreated, chlamydia can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, which happens when an infection spreads to your reproductive organs, potentially leading to infertilty. Korin Miller, SELF, "How Do I Lower the Risk of Getting an STI During Oral Sex?," 9 May 2018

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1921, in the meaning defined above

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“Pelvic inflammatory disease.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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Medical Definition of pelvic inflammatory disease

: infection of the female reproductive tract (as the fallopian tubes and ovaries) that results from microorganisms (as Neisseria gonorrhea or Chlamydia trachomatis) transmitted especially during sexual intercourse but also by other means (as during surgery, abortion, or childbirth), is marked especially by lower abdominal pain, an abnormal vaginal discharge, and fever, and is a leading cause of infertility in women abbreviation PID

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