Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) Complications & Risks


Timely treatment of the bacterial infections that lead to PID can prevent most complications. If PID is allowed to progress, it can cause permanent scarring of the fallopian tubes, which can lead to:

  • Ectopic (tubal) pregnancies
  • Infertility
  • Persistent pelvic pain

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Partners and Re-infection

It is important that your sexual partners are tested and treated for any sexually transmitted diseases, as a re-infection could cause PID again.

Mark Riegel, MD

Quick snapshot

Can it be cured?

Yes and No. Gonorrhea is easily treated with a course of antibiotics.

Type of Infection

Bacterial. Gonorrhea is caused by the Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacterium.

How is it treated?

Antibiotics. A single Cefixime, Ceftriaxone, or Cephalosporin.

Recovery Time

Upto 1 week. One to two weeks can be needed for symptoms to fully disappear.

Can I have sex?

No. Sexual activity should be avoided until treatment is successful.

Can I get re-infected?

Yes. Re-infection is possible from sexual activity with an infected person.