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Doctors may miss signs of pelvic inflammatory disease

Women in New Mexico who are not diagnosed with pelvic inflammatory disease in a timely manner could have trouble getting pregnant. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in eight women who have had PID at some point in their lives have a hard time conceiving. When PID is diagnosed early, correct treatment may help to prevent complications.

PID occurs when a woman's reproductive organs become infected. Often, PID is caused by untreated sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea and chlamydia. Women are more likely to get PID if they do not receive treatment for STDs, they have multiple sex partners or their method of birth control is an intrauterine device.

Many women with PID don't know that they have the disease because the symptoms can be mild or nonexistent. Some symptoms of PID are lower abdomen pain, fever, bad-smelling discharge, pain during intercourse, bleeding and a burning sensation during urination. A woman with any of these symptoms may want to have a doctor check them for PID. Though treatment can prevent damage to a woman's reproductive system, it cannot reverse any damage that has already been done.

A woman who has learned that PID caused permanent damage to her reproductive system may want to talk to a lawyer about her situation. If the woman had regular exams but was never diagnosed with PID, there may have been a failure to diagnose the disease by the woman's doctor. A lawyer may be able to look into a woman's medical history to determine whether there is enough evidence of medical negligence to file a claim.

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