What Is Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)?
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) is an infection of female reproductive system. It is is a common disease.
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), occurs when the bacteria migrate from the vagina and the cervix, ovary or the Fallopian tubes.
Bacteria can cause an abscess in oxidect or ovary.
If Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), is not immediately addressed then a long-term problem may arise.
What Causes Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
Two sexually transmitted infections (STI): Gonorrhea and Chlamydia are the main causes of Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
Gonorrhea and chlamydia can cause vague symptoms or non-symptoms in a woman.
If a woman is infected with gonorrhea or chlamydia and is not treated, then PID can take several weeks to develop.
PID can also be caused by non-sexually transmitted infections, such as bacterial vaginosis.
What Are The Long-Term Effects Of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) ?
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease can cause serious long term problems:
- Infertility: One in ten Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) women is likely to be infertile. PID can cause scarring of the fallopian tubes. This scarring can block the tubes and prevent an egg from being fertilized.
- Ectopic pregnancy: Scarring from PID also can prevent a fertilized egg from moving into the uterus. Instead, it can begin to grow in the fallopian tube. The tube may rupture (break) and cause life-threatening bleeding into the abdomen and pelvis. Emergency surgery may be needed if the ectopic pregnancy is not diagnosed early. If you do not diagnose the ectopic pregnancy early, then you may need emergency surgery.
- Chronic Pelvic Pain: PID can cause long-term pelvic pain.
Who Are At Risk Of Contacting Pelvic Inflammatory Disease?
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease can occur in any active age, it is more common among young women who are sexually active.
People under the age of 30 have the potential to develop PIDs.
Women with these risk factors are also more common PIDs:
- Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI), Gonorrhea or Chlamydia is the most common
- Multiple sex partners (the more the partners, the greater the risk)
- Having a sex partner who has sex with others.
- From research, it is shown that women who douche frequently, increases the risk of contacting PID. Douching facilitates the development of PID bacteria. You can push the bacteria into the uterus and fallopian tubes outside the vagina as well.
Symptoms Of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) ?
Some women with PID have only mild symptoms or have no symptoms because the symptoms can become unclear, in many cases.
Here Are The Most Common Signs and Symptoms Of PID:
A) Abnormal vaginal discharge
B) Lower abdominal pain (often mild pain)
C) upper right abdominal pain
D) Unusual menstrual bleeding
E) Fevers and Chills
F) Pain during urination
G) Nausea and vomiting
H) Painful sexual intercourse
If you have any of these signs or symptoms, it does not mean that you have a PID.
This may be a sign of another serious problem, such as appendicitis or ectopic pregnancy.
If you have any of these signs or symptoms, then you should visit a gynecologists health care professional.
How To Prevent Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)?
To prevent Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, follow the steps below to avoid Sexually Transmitted Infections:
- Whenever you want to have sex, use preventive condoms to prevent STIs. Use condom, even if you use other methods of birth controls.
- Have sex with only one partner who does not have STD and has sex only with you.
- Limit your number of sex partners. If you or your partner has had previous partners, the risk of getting STIs is increasiing.