Skip to content

Women's Health

Font Size

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.

Recommended Related to Women

Happy Meals

By Aviva Patz Turns out food fuels more than your body -- it feeds your mood too. But before you reach for the Ben & Jerry's, read on to see what you should eat (and avoid) to fight stress, fatigue, the blues, and more. Do you head to the kitchen when you're tired...or stressed...or sad...or just plain bored? (We know we do.) You may think that's a bad habit, but it turns out that it's a smart plan -- if you pick the right foods. "What you eat can affect your mood and how well your brain...

Read the Happy Meals article > >

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.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    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.
    Next Article:

    Today on WebMD

    hands on abdomen
    Test your knowledge.
    womans hand on abdomen
    Are you ready for baby?
    birth control pills
    Learn about your options.
    Is it menopause or something else?
    woman in bathtub
    bp app on smartwatch and phone
    estrogen gene

    Send yourself a link to download the app.

    Loading ...

    Please wait...

    This feature is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later.


    Now check your email account on your mobile phone to download your new app.

    Blood pressure check
    hot water bottle on stomach
    Attractive young woman standing in front of mirror