Pelvic Inflammatory Disease | Symptoms

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How do I know if I have PID?

PID causes different symptoms in different women. These may include the following:

  • A dull pain and tenderness in the lower abdomen.
  • Vaginal discharge that is usually yellow or green and may have an unpleasant smell.
  • Irregular menstrual periods, such as extra long periods, spotting or cramps throughout the month.
  • Chills, high fever, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting.
  • Pain during sex.
  • Low back pain.
  • Painful urination.

Some women who have PID do not experience these symptoms and do not know they have it.

What should I do if I have symptoms of PID?

Women who have these symptoms or who think they have been exposed to an STI should see their doctor right away. Your doctor can only diagnose PID by doing a pelvic exam, swabbing the area and having the sample tested. The sooner you see your doctor, the better. Waiting can allow the infection to spread and cause more pain and damage.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

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

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