Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (cont.)
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When To Call a Doctor
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) symptoms often don't develop until inflammation or scar tissue (adhesions) develop. Scar tissue can cause ongoing (chronic) pelvic pain, infertility, and ectopic pregnancy. For this reason, immediate medical attention is necessary to treat possible PID symptoms or complications.
Call your doctor immediately if you have abdominal pain and any of the following:
Call your doctor to find out when an evaluation is needed if you:
If you have not been diagnosed with PID but you have symptoms that concern you, see the following topics:
Any symptoms or other changes that suggest PID or a sexually transmitted infection (STI) should be evaluated by a doctor as soon as possible. Watchful waiting is not appropriate.
To prevent reinfection from an STI, be sure that anyone you have had sexual contact with has been tested, treated if necessary, and uses condoms when you resume sexual relations.
Who To See
The following health professionals can diagnose and treat pelvic inflammatory disease (PID):
Complications of PID are usually treated by a gynecologist.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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