The pelvic inflammatory disease IPD is infection happening in the pelvis lower abdomen area. It is from STD like chlamydia or gonorrhea if they are untreated. But other causes also may result with IPD.
The good part is that you can reduce this risk really easy. PID can be cured if it is diagnosed really early. But the bad news is that even when this is under control, the damage done to the woman’s reproductive system is irreversible.
Here are the things every woman must know for PID. Read all the symptoms and risk factors to know what to do.
You may already have this infection but not even know it. Or the signs may be really mild. In case there are signs, they are:
- Abdomen pain in the lower part
- Burning during urination
- Pain in sexual intercourse and bleeding
- Irregular bleeding or in between period bleeding
- More vaginal discharge with foul odor
As we mentioned, the signs are mild mostly. Women with severe symptoms also have vomiting, fainting and fever.
PID risk factors
Experts say that with chlamydia or gonorrhea you can easily catch PID too. So take notes even if you do not have STD, because other infections might cause this too.
Other PID factors
- Sexually active
- 25 years old or below
- Many sex partners
- PID in the past
- Sex with someone having many sexual partners
- Intrauterine device or UID for birth control
To remove this PID you must check for STD like gonorrhea and chlamydia. This can be done with anal, oral and vaginal sex too. Also avoid douching to prevent bacteria in the vagina. Also wipe from front to back after toilet using.
For sexually active people, lower chances of this with safe protected sex with latex condoms. Also test for STDs and have sex with one partner or someone who is negative for STDs.
Like I said, PID is treatable and detected by doctors as infection starts. But, any damage to woman’s reproductive organs can no longer be cured.
A doctor will have no idea what he looks for so he may give you antibiotics for the PID. Sometimes, surgery might be needed too if the abscess ruptured in the pelvis and starts to complicate this issue.