Pelvic Inflammatory Disease | Complications

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What can happen to my body if I get PID?

Early and complete treatment can help prevent complications of PID. However, if PID isn't treated, it can cause permanent damage to your internal organs. Scar tissue can form in the fallopian tubes and around the abdomen. This tissue can prevent pregnancy or cause the pregnancy to form outside the uterus (called a tubal or ectopic pregnancy). Scarring can cause pain that lasts for months or even years. Occasionally, the effects of PID can be so severe that surgery is required to remove pus, get rid of scar tissue or remove damaged organs.

PID is more likely to come back if you are exposed to STIs again. Each time you have PID causes more damage and a greater possibility of complications.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 09/00

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