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

Examples of pelvic inflammatory disease in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Dalkon Shield, a type of IUD that became popular in the U.S. in the 1970s, was eventually linked to health issues including infections and pelvic inflammatory disease, causing some lingering concerns about these devices. Jamie Ducharme, TIME, 3 Apr. 2024 If it is not successfully treated, gonorrhea can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, as well as infertility in women and sterility in men. Helen Branswell, STAT, 1 Nov. 2023 However, if left untreated, the infections can lead to infertility and can be especially harmful to women, leading, for example, to pelvic inflammatory disease. Benjamin Ryan, NBC News, 26 Nov. 2023 Left untreated, gonorrhea poses a risk of infertility and can prove especially damaging to women, leading to pelvic inflammatory disease and ectopic pregnancy. Benjamin Ryan, NBC News, 3 Nov. 2023 Other complications that require removal include pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and pregnancy. Leah Rocketto, Health, 2 Nov. 2023 Almost any kind of illness or infection, from influenza to pneumonia to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), can throw your whole cycle out of whack and give you any kind of irregular bleeding, including spotting, Dr. Minkin says. Sarah Bradley, Women's Health, 28 July 2023 Research estimates that 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, 24 Aug. 2020 Less common causes of heavy menstrual bleeding include endometrial cancer, ectopic pregnancy, and pelvic inflammatory disease. Nick Blackmer, Verywell Health, 20 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1921, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pelvic inflammatory disease was in 1921

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“Pelvic inflammatory disease.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

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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