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Pelvic Inflammatory Disease - Symptoms

Symptoms of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) range from none at all to severe. They often don't appear until infection has spread.

Symptoms tend to be more noticeable during menstrual bleeding and sometimes in the week following.

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You may have one or more of these symptoms:

  • Pain in the lower belly, usually described as crampy or as constant and dull. This is the main symptom. It may get worse during bowel movements, sexual intercourse, or urination.
  • A sense of pressure in the pelvis.
  • Low back pain. Sometimes this pain spreads down one or both legs.
  • More discharge from the vagina than usual, or discharge that is yellow, brown, or green.
  • Fever.
  • Pain during sex.
  • Irregular menstrual bleeding.
  • Urinary symptoms, such as burning or pain when you urinate.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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    Last Updated: March 12, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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