Signs and Symptoms
A woman with PID may have no symptoms, mild discomfort, chronic and/or progressive pain, or she may be severely and acutely ill. Many of the signs and symptoms of PID are nonspecific and may be seen with a variety of other conditions that affect the pelvic area. Symptoms may include:
Complications of PID include infertility, long-term pelvic pain, lesions on an ovary or fallopian tube, and an ectopic pregnancy. Even a small amount of scarring in the fallopian tubes can impair fertility. It can prevent an egg from becoming fertilized or prevent a fertilized egg from reaching the uterus. If a fertilized egg begins to develop in a fallopian tube, it can rupture the tube, causing a life-threatening emergency with internal bleeding and severe pain.