Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an infection of a woman's pelvic organs. The pelvic organs include the uterus (womb), fallopiantubes, ovarieS, and cervix.
You can get PID without having an STI. Normal bacteria found in the vagina and on the cervix can sometimes cause PID. No one is quite sure why this happens.
A woman can get PID if bacteria (germs) move up from her vagina and infect her pelvic organs. Many different types of bacteria can cause PID. But, most cases of PID are caused by bacteria that cause 2 common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) —gonorrhea and chlamydia. It can take from a few days to a few months for an infection to travel up from the vagina to the pelvic organs. The following article will also help advise you as to NATURAL TREATMENTS which have proven successful in the treatment of PID.
Each year in the United Kingdom and the U.S, more than 1 million women have an episode of PID. More than 100,000 women become infertile each year because of PID. Also, many ectopic pregnancies that occur are due to problems from PID.
Yes. You’re more likely to get PID if you:
Have had an STI
Are under 25 years of age and are having sex
Have more than one sex partner
Douche. Douching can push bacteria into the pelvic organs and cause infection. It can also hide the signs of an infection.
Have an intrauterine device (IUD). You should get tested and treated for any infections before getting an IUD. This will lower your risk of getting PID.
How do I know if I have PID?
Many women don't know they have PID because they don't have any symptoms. For women who have them, symptoms can range from mild to severe. The most common symptom of PID is pain in your lower abdomen (stomach area). Other symptoms include:
Fever (100.4°F or higher)
Vaginal discharge that may smell foul
Irregular periods (monthly bleeding)
Pain in the upper right abdomen
PID can come on fast with extreme pain and fever, especially if it’s caused by gonorrhea.
Are there any tests for PID?
If you think that you may have PID, see a doctor right away. If you have pain in your lower abdomen (stomach area), your doctor will perform a physical exam. This will include a pelvic (internal) exam. Your doctor will check for:
Abnormal discharge from your vagina or cervix
Lumps called abscesses near your ovaries and tubes
Tenderness or pain in your pelvic organs
Ultrasound — a test that uses sound waves to take pictures of the pelvic area.
Endometrial (uterine) biopsy — the doctor removes and tests a small piece of the endometrium (the inside lining of the womb).
Laparoscopy — the doctor inserts a small, lighted tube through your abdomen (stomach area) to look at your pelvic organs.
These tests will help your doctor find out if you have PID, or if you have a different problem that looks like PID.
How is PID treated?
PID can be cured with antibiotics (drugs that kill bacteria). Most of the time, at least two antibiotics are used that work against a wide range of bacteria. Your doctor will work with you to find the best treatment for you. You must take all your medicine, even if your symptoms go away. This helps to make sure your infection is fully cured. You should see your doctor again 2 to 3 days after starting treatment to make sure the antibiotics are working.
Sometimes even after continued use of antibiotics the symptoms of PID can still exist, causing women incredible pain while fighting an endless cycle of treatment. As well as an overgrowth of bacteria there also exists chronic inflammation, it is usually this underlying inflammation which hinders the healing process slowing down the bodies ability to heal itself.
Enzymatic Therapy along with Homeopathic Anti-bacterials have proven successful in the treatment of PID. Protenzyme Enzymatic tablets actually digests the inflammation which causes pain, while Dr Reckeweg R87 Anti-bacterial drops tackles the bacterial problem. Blackmores S.P.96 may also be required for correct Ph balance, which left un-checked can result in acidosis.
Always consult your doctor before starting alternative treatments.
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