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Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

Pelvic infection symptoms

PID is a common infection that often does not have obvious symptoms. In PID, the upper part of the female reproductive system becomes infected. It is most common in sexually active women under 25.

PID may not always present with apparent symptoms. The symptoms of PID are often mild, including pelvic or lower abdominal pain, deep pelvic pain or discomfort during sex, pain with urination, irregular bleeding (after sex, or mid-cycle), painful periods (dysmenorrhea), heavy periods (menorrhagia), and yellow or green vaginal discharge.

It is especially important to monitor any pelvic symptoms, as delayed diagnosis and treatment of pelvic inflammatory disease can lead to serious complications, such as the scarring and narrowing of the fallopian tubes, which can block the pathway for eggs to travel from the ovaries into the uterus, leading to infertility and ectopic pregnancy. Diagnosis: There is no surefire way of diagnosing PID.

The diagnosis is based on symptoms, the results of vaginal swab tests, and an internal examination.

Causes

Pelvic inflammatory disease is a bacterial infection which starts in the vagina and spreads higher upwards into the reproductive system. In some cases, the bacteria is sexually transmitted and may be linked to chlamydia or gonorrhea, but in the majority of cases, it is caused by bacteria that naturally live in the vagina.

Treatment

Treatment for PID is straightforward, with cases clearing up after a course of antibiotics. It is important to abstain from intercourse during treatment, and to have any sexual partners tested and treated if necessary, to avoid the infection being spread.

What to do next

In more severe cases, PID symptoms include severe abdominal pain, a fever, nausea and vomiting. If you experience any of these symptoms, we are here to help. Call to make an appointment with a specialist who can give you a clear diagnosis and treatment plan.

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FAQ

What are the symptoms of PID?

PID does not always present with symptoms, or if they do present, symptoms may be mild, such as pelvic or lower abdominal pain. Other more obvious symptoms include dyspareunia (pain during sex), abnormal periods, and a yellow or green vaginal discharge.

Are there any health complications from having PID?

If untreated, the most seriously possible complication of PID is infertility, as the disease can cause scarring in the fallopian tubes.

How is PID treated?

PID is easily treated with a court of antibiotics. It is important to treat any sexual partners as well, to avoid reinfecting each other, as men can also carry the bacteria that causes it.

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