Pelvic inflammatory disease or PID is an infection of the pelvis (fallopian tubes, the ovaries, the cervix) that is caused by sexually transmitted bacteria. The organism first causes infection in the vagina that with time or if left untreated, can progress upward to involve reproductive organs in women. This infection is fatal as it can cause death if spread to your blood. PID usually has no obvious sign and symptoms and might only be detected later when you develop chronic pelvic pain or have trouble getting pregnant.
Its most common complication is scarring and abscess formation in your fallopian tubes. Other complications might include chronic pain in the pelvis, tubo-ovarian abscess, Ectopic pregnancy and infertility. According to the CDC, 12-14% of sexually active women experience this disease at least once in their life while approximately one million suffer damage to the uterus and other complications due to late diagnosis. Take the following quiz to find out if you could be suffering from a possible pelvic inflammatory disease.