Today, millions of women suffer from pelvic inflammatory disease. This condition is one of the most common causes of infertility in women that arise from conditions such as tubal blockage, pelvic adhesions, etc.
Also, PID is a common disease that occurs among women of reproductive age. However, the signs and symptoms of pelvic inflammatory disease can be subtle or mild. So, some women don’t even experience any signs or symptoms.
As a result, you might not realize you have it until you have trouble getting pregnant or you develop chronic pelvic pain.
This article explores the causes of pelvic inflammatory disease(PID), the risks, symptoms, diagnosis, practical ways to prevent it and the natural remedy to cure it.
What is PID?
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an infection of the organs of women reproductive system. They include the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, and cervix.
Although, PID is mostly caused through sexually transmitted infections (STI), like chlamydia or gonorrhea. An example is when bacteria enter the reproductive system through sex and infect the organs.
Nevertheless, you can still get PID through some other factors which can cause pain in your lower belly and hurt your ability to have a baby if it’s not treated properly.
Who is at Risk for PID?
You face a higher risk for pelvic inflammatory disease if you:
- Being sexually active and younger than 25 years old
- Having multiple sexual partners
- Being in a sexual relationship with someone who has more than one sex partner
- Having sex without a condom
- Douching regularly, which upsets the balance of good versus harmful bacteria in the vagina and might mask symptoms
- Having a history of pelvic inflammatory disease or a sexually transmitted infection (STIs).
In addition, there is a small increased risk of PID after the insertion of an intrauterine device (IUD). This risk is generally confined to the first three weeks after insertion.
What Causes PID?
Bacteria entering the reproductive tract often cause pelvic inflammatory disease. These bacteria are passed from the vagina, through the cervix, into the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries, and into the pelvis.
Normally, when bacteria enter the vagina, the cervix keeps them from spreading deeper to other reproductive organs. But sometimes, the cervix becomes infected from an STI like gonorrhea and chlamydia. When that happens, it’s less able to keep bacteria out.
Untreated gonorrhea and chlamydia cause about 90% of PID cases. Other causes include:
- Pelvic procedures
- Insertion of an intrauterine device (IUD), either copper or hormonal. The risk is highest in the few weeks after insertion. Many times this type of infection is preventable with STI testing around the time of IUD placement.
What are the Symptoms of PID?
You may not realize you have PID. Symptoms might be mild or unnoticeable. However, symptoms of PID can also start suddenly and quickly. They can include:
- Pain or tenderness in the stomach or lower abdomen (belly), the most common symptom.
- Abnormal vaginal discharge, usually yellow or green with an unusual odor.
- Chills or fever
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pain during sex
- Burning when you pee.
- Irregular periods or having spotting or cramping throughout the month
- Pain in the right upper abdomen, less often
Therefore, if you have any of these symptoms call your doctor right away. Some can also be signs of other conditions, so your doctor will most likely run some tests to figure out whether you have PID or something else.
PID can cause serious problems if not treated early. For example, you might have trouble getting pregnant or have pain in your pelvic area that doesn’t go away.
Should You Tell Your Partner About PID?
If your doctor diagnoses PID, you should tell anyone you’ve had sex with in the past 60 days about your illness. If it’s been longer than 60 days since you’ve had sex, tell your most recent partner, who should also get treated.
You should not have sex while you’re undergoing treatment for PID, and neither should your partner
What are the Likely Complications of PID?
Make a doctor’s appointment if you think that you have PID. Other conditions, such as a UTI, can feel like pelvic inflammatory disease. However, your doctor can test for PID and rule out other conditions.
If you don’t treat your PID, your symptoms can worsen and lead to problems, such as:
- infertility, an inability to conceive a child
- ectopic pregnancy, a pregnancy that occurs outside the womb
- chronic pelvic pain, pain in the lower abdomen caused by scarring of the fallopian tubes and other pelvic organs
The infection can also spread to other parts of your body. If it spreads to your blood, it can become life-threatening.
Tests for Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Your doctor may be able to diagnose PID after hearing your symptoms. In most cases, your doctor will run tests to confirm the diagnosis.
Tests may include:
- pelvic exam to check your pelvic organs
- cervical culture to check your cervix for infections
- urine test to check your urine for signs of blood, cancer, and other diseases
If your doctor determines that you have pelvic inflammatory disease, they may run more tests and check your pelvic area for damage. PID can cause scarring on your fallopian tubes and permanent damage to your reproductive organs.
Additional tests include:
- Pelvic ultrasound. This is an imaging test that uses sound waves to create pictures of your internal organs.
- Endometrial biopsy. In this outpatient procedure a doctor removes and examines a small sample from the lining of your uterus.
- Laparoscopy. A laparoscopy is an outpatient procedure where a doctor inserts a flexible instrument through an incision in your abdomen and takes pictures of your pelvic organs.
Treatment for Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
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Within a few days of starting treatment, your symptoms may improve or go away. However, you should finish your medication, even if you’re feeling better. Stopping your medication early may cause the infection to return.
However, the bacteria that cause PID can spread through sexual contact. If you’re sexually active, your partner should also get treated for PID. Men may be silent carriers of bacteria that cause pelvic inflammatory disease.
Note that your infection can recur if your partner doesn’t receive treatment. You may be asked to abstain from sexual intercourse until the infection has been resolved.
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Practical Ways to Prevent PID
To reduce your risk of pelvic inflammatory disease:
- Practice safe sex. Use condoms every time you have sex, limit your number of partners and ask about a potential partner’s sexual history.
- Talk to your health care provider about contraception. Many forms of contraception do not protect against the development of PID. Using barrier methods, such as a condom, helps to reduce your risk. Even if you take birth control pills, use a condom every time you have sex with a new partner to protect against STIs.
- Get tested. If you’re at risk of an STI, make an appointment with your provider for testing. Set up a regular screening schedule with your provider if needed. Early treatment of an STI gives you the best chance of avoiding PID.
- Request that your partner be tested. If you have pelvic inflammatory disease or an STI, advise your partner to be tested and treated. This can prevent the spread of STIs and possible recurrence of PID.
- Ensure wiping from front to back after using the bathroom to stop bacteria from entering your vagina
- Don’t douche. Douching upsets the balance of bacteria in your vagina.
I hope you found this helpful and informative!
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All the best to you in your journey to overcoming PID.
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