Pelvic inflammatory diseaseCauses

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is caused by an infection developing in the female upper genital tract.


Pelvic inflammatory disease is an infection of the upper genital tract, including the womb, ovaries and connecting tubes.


Symptoms of pelvic inflammatory disease include pain in the tummy, pain when peeing and heavy or painful periods.


Many cases of pelvic inflammatory disease are caused by a sexually transmitted infection, such as chlamydia or gonorrhoea.


Pelvic inflammatory disease is treated with antibiotics. Getting treated as soon as symptoms appear increases the chances of a full recovery.


You can reduce your risk of pelvic inflammatory disease by always using condoms with a new sexual partner.

Page last reviewed: 06/08/2018
Next review due: 06/08/2021