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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When left untreated, gonorrhea can cause extremely serious long-term complications, including pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), a condition that happens when bacteria infects your reproductive organs. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "How Worried Do You Really Need to Be About So-Called ‘Super Gonorrhea'?," 31 May 2018 In women, untreated gonorrhea can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, which may result in scar tissue that blocks fallopian tubes and causes ectopic pregnancy, long-term pelvic or abdominal pain, or infertility. Julie H. Case, Woman's Day, "3 Sneaky Gonorrhea Symptoms in Women," 22 May 2017 The diseases are generally easy to cure with antibiotics but without treatment can cause serious health problems, such as pelvic inflammatory disease, and may lead to infertility. Michelle Andrews, Washington Post, "The ‘Perfect Storm’: Redirecting Family Planning Funds Could Undercut STD Fight," 12 June 2018 If left untreated, gonorrhea can result in serious health problems, including pregnancy complications and pelvic inflammatory disease, a painful infection of a female's reproductive organs. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Kind of alarming’: Number of new gonorrhea cases in Alaska skyrockets in 2017," 29 May 2018 According to the Mayo Clinic, it can be caused by inflammation and scar tissue due to pregnancy, pelvic surgery (like a hysterectomy), ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, cancer treatment, and pelvic inflammatory disease, among others. Carolyn L. Todd, Glamour, "This Weird Little 'Doughnut' Wants to Put an End to Painful Sex," 15 May 2018 If left untreated, chlamydia and gonorrhea can cause pelvic inflammatory disease and lead to infertility, ectopic pregnancy and chronic pelvic pain. Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, "Sexually transmitted diseases dramatically increase in California," 14 May 2018 If left untreated, gonorrhea can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirths, severe eye infections in babies and infertility in both men and women. Fox News, "Untreatable 'super gonorrhea' case could be 'tip of the iceberg'," 2 Apr. 2018 If left untreated, gonorrhea can lead to infertility or pelvic inflammatory disease. National Geographic, "Antibiotics Can’t Cure ‘Super-Gonorrhea’—Here's What That Means," 29 Mar. 2018

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1921, in the meaning defined above

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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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