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  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an an infection or inflammation of organs affecting the female reproductive system (such as the uterus, vagina and fallopian tubes).
  • PID commonly affects young sexually active women. For some, PID causes a range of symptoms while for others, it does not cause any.
  • Sexually transmissible infections (STIs) - chlamydia, mycoplasma genitalium and gonorrhoea are the most common cause of PID.
  • Use condoms with any new partner and get regular testing for STIs (at least once a year) can reduce your risk of PID.
  • PID can lead to scarring of the fallopian tubes and infertility – if you leave it untreated, or have repeated episodes.

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Reviewed on: 28-10-2022