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Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

Description:

It is usually a complication of Chlamydia and gonorrhoea in women but may also be caused by bacterial vaginosis and other infections.

Effects:

  • The infection can spread to the reproductive system and surrounding area
  • Infertility
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Long term pain

Cause:

  • Unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex with an infected person
  • Intimate genital contact with an infected person

Symptoms:

  • Pain in your lower abdomen.
  • Pain during sex
  • Abnormal bleeding between periods
  • Painful periods
  • Abnormal vaginal discharge

Treatment:

  • Antibiotics

(Source: Health Service Executive (HSE), 2007)