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Published on: 24 Oct 2016 by e-kalman

Signs and symptoms of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

PID stands for a pelvic inflammatory disease,
which means that a women’s reproductive organs are infected. The organs in the
lower abdomen, which is the pelvis, as well as the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus
and the cervix can get infected. This is a common condition that affects close
to one million women every year.

PID can be caused by different bacteria types,
as well as the bacteria which is sexually transmitted like chlamydia and
gonorrhoea. Commonly, when the bacteria enter into the vagina it will cause an
infection and as the time passes the infection will move to the organs of the
pelvic.

This condition can be very dangerous, almost
life-threatening when it spread into your blood. It is important that you
contact you top gynecologist, as soon as possible, if you suspect that you might have the disease.

The risk of PID will increase if you have
Chlamydia or gonorrhoea but you can also develop the disease through other
factors as mentioned below.

If you have sex when you are under twenty-five

1.   
When you have
sex with multiple partners

2.   
Sex without
using a condom

3.   
With using a
IUD or an intrauterine device to prevent pregnancy

There are women that have PID without having
any symptoms but the symptoms will include the following if they are present:

1.   
The symptom
that is the most common will be pain within the lower part of the abdomen

2.   
You can also
experience pain in the upper part of the abdomen

3.   
You may
experience fever

4.   
Sex’s that is
painful

5.   
When it is
painful to urinate

6.   
You can also
have irregular bleeding

7.   
Increased
discharge that is foul-smelling from the vagina

8.   
When you
experience tiredness

PID will cause moderate or mild pain, although
there are women that experience severe symptoms and pain like:

1.   
A very sharp
pain within the abdomen

2.   
They can also
vomit and faint

3.   
Reaching a
fever in access of a 101 degrees Fahrenheit

When your symptoms are severe, you should call
the top gynaecologist or immediately visit the emergency room. This might mean that the
infection already spread into the bloodstream, in addition to other parts in
your body.

This condition could be life-threatening.

The top
gynecologist might diagnose PID when
you tell him the symptoms but he would also do test for conformation to be
sure.

Tests could include the following:

1.   
doing a pelvic
examination of the organs

2.   
a cervical
culture for checking for infections of the cervix

3.   
a urine test
for any signs of cancer

4.   
blood or any
other disease symptoms

The samples will be sent to the laboratory. To
assess the damage, the top gynecologist might do more testing, because PID can cause
scarring of the fallopian tubes, as well as permanent damage of the
reproductive organs.

These tests will include:

1.   
An ultrasound
of the pelvic – this imaging test use sound waves and creates a picture of the
internal organs.

2.   
The
endometrial biopsy – this is a procedure that the top gynecologist can do in outpatient to remove and examine a tiny sample of the uterus
lining.

3.   
A laparoscopy
– this is also a procedure in outpatient when the Dr does a small incision in
the abdomen and inserts a flexible instrument to take pictures of the organs in
the pelvic.

For the treatment of PID the top gynecologist would likely give you antibiotics to take since he might not know what
bacteria type is causing the infection. The symptoms might go away or improve
after a couple of days, but you need to finish the medication or the infection
might return.

Your partner will also have to get treated
because the bacteria will spread with sexual contact.

PID is a condition that is very treatable and
women will make a recovery in full if treatment is done. If you don’t go for
treatment of PID it will cause problems of a more serious nature like: ectopic
pregnancy, infertility, and also chronic pain.

It is important to look after yourself and
understand the urgency to get tested if you experience any symptoms of PID.
It’s not always through sexual transmitting that it is picked up. PID is mostly
spread through anal and vaginal intercourse, but rarely by oral sex. Make sure
to practice safer sex, and use female or latex condoms because it will reduce
the risk.

Although, douching doesn’t cause PID, it could
spread the infection to the fallopian tubes and the uterus. If you suspect that
you might have gonorrhoea or Chlamydia make sure to get testing done. Just
because you might not have any symptoms does not imply that it can’t develop
into PID without you knowing.

Talk to a professional or visit Manhattan Women’s Health &
Wellness
to get tested and life a healthy life.

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