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Epidemiology of PID

  • 750,000 women experience an episode of acute PID each year in the U.S.
  • 10%--15% of untreated chlamydial infections result in diagnosed clinical PID
  • 10-15% may become infertile
  • 7.4% of married females aged 15--44 years are infertile
  • Women under age 25 are more likely to develop PID because their cervix is less developed than older women
  • PID is more likely in women who douche
  • Women who have had PID before are more likely to have it again, probably due to scarring in the first incidence
  • Infertility costs estimated at $700 million annually in the U.S.