New Patient Appointment or 214-645-8300

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is a bacterial infection of the female reproductive organs that is typically transmitted through sexual intercourse.

Women with PID often experience no symptoms and the infection is detected when they have trouble getting pregnant or develop chronic pelvic pain.

Symptoms of PID

Symptoms of pelvic inflammatory disease may include: 

  • Pain in your lower abdomen and pelvis
  • Heavy vaginal discharge with an unpleasant odor
  • Irregular menstrual bleeding
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Low back pain
  • Fever, fatigue, diarrhea, or vomiting
  • Painful or difficult urination

Treatment for PID

Antibiotics are the standard treatment for pelvic inflammatory disease, along with pain relievers and bed rest.

Prevention of PID

To prevent PID or a reinfection, your sexual partner should be examined and treated. Sexual intercourse should be avoided until treatment is completed and tests indicate that the infection has cleared.

Related Conditions and Treatments

See More

Find a Clinical Trial

Search for opportunities to participate in a women’s health research study.


Award-Winning Care

We’re one of the world’s top academic medical centers, with a unique legacy of innovation in patient care and scientific discovery.  

Why UT Southwestern


Our secure online portal for patients makes it easy to communicate with your doctor, access test results, and more.

Log In

Related Clinics

Showing 2 locations

Ob/Gyn and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Clinic

at Professional Office Building 2 5939 Harry Hines Blvd., 5th Floor, Suite 300
Dallas, Texas 75390
214-645-3838 Directions Parking Info