PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease)
Every year 1 million women develop Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), most in the 15-19 year age group. PID is a condition caused by infection of the uterus and fallopian tubes as a result of contracting either Chlamydia or Gonnorhea. Often symptoms are minor and mistaken for menstrual cramps; pelvic and abdominal pain, fever and abnormal vaginal bleeding are common symptoms. Serious conditions can result from PID, including Ectopic Pregnancy (the fertilized egg implants in the fallopian tubes instead of the uterus) which is often life threatening. Permanent damage to the reproducive organs causing sterility and cancer are common results of PID. 100,000 women become infertile and 150 women die each year as a result of PID.