Pelvic inflammatory disease is usually caused by a sexually transmitted disease
(STD). STDs (also called sexually
transmitted infections or STIs) are infections that spread through sex (vaginal, oral,
or anal). Chlamydia and
gonorrhea are the STDs
that most often lead to PID.
Who Gets PID?
Sexually active girls can get PID. It happens more often in girls who have more
than one sexual partner.
You can get pelvic inflammatory disease more than once if partners with STDs don't
get treatment, or if you have sex with someone else who has an STD.
How Is PID Diagnosed?
To find out if someone has PID, health care providers: