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What are the symptoms of pelvic inflammatory disease?

Some women with pelvic inflammatory disease may not experience any signs or symptoms, while others can experience mild or severe symptoms. These symptoms commonly include: pain during sexual intercourse; smelly discharge from the vagina; pain or a burning sensation while urinating, and; abnormal vaginal bleeding occurring between periods, or after sexual intercourse. If the infection spreads quickly, you are more likely to experience chills, fever, nausea or vomiting, and severe abdominal pain. A slowly-progressing infection is more likely to cause backache and mild lower abdominal pain.

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Author: Dr Nikki Wallis PhD, BSc
First answered: 22 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Vaginal discharge

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