7 Alarming Symptoms Of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease And How To Prevent This Dangerous Condition

Date May 14, 2018

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is a dangerous condition that affects more than 1 million American women each year. This disease is frightening because it often causes no symptoms while still can be deadly if the infection spreads to your blood. PID is basically an inflammation in a woman’s reproductive organs such as the uterus, fallopian tubes, cervix, and ovaries usually caused by a sexually transmitted infection (STI).

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How do you get PID?

Typically, you can get PID by having unsafe sex. However, the normal vaginal bacteria can sometimes travel into reproductive organs, which may cause the disease. This can especially occur if you douche. It is not recommended to use douching products because your vagina is designed to maintain the balance of bacteria and naturally clean itself. Such interventions can lead to a reduction of good bacteria and an increase of bad ones. Moreover, if you are douching to get rid of an unpleasant odor, it can become even worse.

What are the symptoms of PID?

Usually, PID doesn’t have severe or specific symptoms to determine for sure that you have the disease. However, if you have some of these, it is recommended to consult your local doctor:

  1. Acute or chronic pain in the lower abdomen.
  2. Fever can also indicate the inflammatory process.
  3. Increase in vaginal discharge with an unpleasant odor.
  4. Bleeding or/and pain during sexual intercourse.
  5. Pain or/and struggles during urination.
  6. Infections often cause exhaustion.
  7. Irregular menstrual periods.

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What are the consequences of untreated PID?

Since PID rarely causes symptoms, and many of them can be considered as “bearable,” a lot of women tend to neglect the diagnostics and treatment of the disease. This can lead to very serious complications:

  • infertility (inability to conceive a child);
  • ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy that is outside your uterus);
  • chronic pelvic pain (painkillers have little effect).
  • tubo-ovarian abscess (abscess is a mass that usually contains pus, which can lead to a life-threatening infection if untreated).

How to prevent PID?

1. Safe sex. Not every form of contraception protects against the disease. Obviously, birth control pills have no use in protection against STIs, while condoms surely can lower risk of the infection. Remember that even condoms, if used correctly, are only 98-99 percent effective.

2. Proof test. Test for STIs regularly to be sure about your health. It is even more important to request your partner to be tested.

3. Don’t douche. As you already know, a woman’s vagina is designed to regulate everything automatically. If you have a very unpleasant odor or heavy vaginal discharge, it is better to consult your doctor.

It is important to understand that pelvic inflammatory disease is extremely dangerous condition mainly because of its asymptomatic nature. If you have any doubts or symptoms, please, don’t hesitate to ask for professional medical help. Otherwise, the complications can be irreversible.

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                                                                                                    Source: Mayo Clinic, Health Line, Women's Health

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