Pelvic Inflammatory Disease - What Happens
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) causes inflammation in the uterus and fallopian tubes . In turn, the
inflammation can form scar tissue in
the abdominal cavity and the reproductive organs. This doesn't always cause
symptoms. But the scar tissue can cause:
Scarring inside the fallopian tubes is permanent and can twist or block the
tubes. When the tubes are blocked, a woman's eggs can't get to the uterus.
- Tubal (ectopic) pregnancy. Sometimes the scarring traps a
fertilized egg in the fallopian tube, where it begins to grow. This requires emergency treatment.
- Chronic (ongoing) pelvic pain. For more information, see the topic
Chronic Female Pelvic Pain.
PID may also occur inside the belly as:
The longer treatment is delayed, the more likely you
are to have permanent damage. And the more often you have repeat infections, the higher your chances of having problems.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 12, 2014
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