Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an infection of the female reproductive organs. It usually occurs when sexually transmitted bacteria spread from your vagina to your uterus, fallopian tubes or ovaries. Many women who develop pelvic inflammatory disease either experience no signs or symptoms or don't seek treatment. Pelvic inflammatory disease may be detected only later when you have trouble getting pregnant or if you develop chronic pelvic pain.
In Belgium the total estimated population is 10,348,276 out of this population 38,045 are extrapolated or suffering from this disease or diagnosed.
Several types of antibiotics can cure PID. Antibiotic treatment does not, however, reverse any scarring caused by the infection. For this reason, it is critical that a woman receive care immediately if she has pelvic pain or other symptoms of PID. Prompt antibiotic treatment can prevent severe damage to the reproductive organs. The longer a woman delays treatment for PID, the more likely she is to become infertile or to have a future ectopic pregnancy because of damage to the fallopian tubes. PID is usually treated with antibiotics to provide empiric, broad spectrum coverage of likely pathogens.
Pelvic inflammatory disease epidemiological studies have to move away from a reliance on invasive diagnostic techniques towards syndromic diagnosis which can be used in a variety of clinical settings, including primary care.