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.