Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) refers to an infection of the female uterus, fallopian tubes and other reproductive organs. It is often associated with sexually transmitted diseases like chlamydia and gonorreha. However, eventhough an STD is often the cause, other causes are possible, including postpartum (after childbirth), miscarriage or abortion, or IUD related.
Treatment of PID is very important. In the United States, more than one million women are affected by PID each year, and the rate is highest with teenagers. Over 100,000 women become infertile in the US each year from PID.
Pelvic inflammatory disease can cause scarring inside the reproductive organs, which can lead to
- ectopic pregnancy;
- abscess formation;
- chronic pelvic pain and other problems.
Some women have experienced pain in the lower abdomen, fever, irregular menstrual bleeding, pain during intercourse and different vaginal discharge. It is important to note that PID can occur and cause serious harm without causing any noticeable symptoms.
Pelvic inflammatory disease is more likely to occur when there is a history of PID, recent sexual contact, recent onset of menstrual period, or an IUD in place or if the partner has a sexually transmitted disease.
Generally PID is treated by antibiotic therapy. But if the patient is not recovering from this treatment in two or three days then hospitalization is required. In the condition of pregnancy, Tubo-ovarian, very ill, immunodeficient, medical attention is required. PID patients should take treatment for around six months from their doctor. Delay in treatment can cause infertility in women.
Treating partners for STD’s is a very important part of treatment and prevention. Anyone with PID and partners of patients with PID since six months prior to diagnosis should be treated to prevent reinfection.
- Always use a condom while having sex.
- Visit your doctor immediately if you notice any symptoms of PID or you find out that a current or former sex partner has, or might have had, a sexually transmitted disease.
- Have regular pelvic exams (pap smear) that include STD testing to screen for symptomless pelvic inflammatory disease.
- Insist that your current partner be tested and treated for any STD’s before sex.
- Get treatment for you and your partner so you don’t become reinfected or infect another person.
- Know that when a partner says that they have been tested for an STD they usually mean chlamydia and gonorrhea, but that those are not all of the sexually transmissible diseases.
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