Pelvic inflammation disease or PID is one of the inflammatory disorders caused by an infection. It can cause inflamed ovaries, a uterus infection or a fallopian tube infection. All can stop you from getting pregnant or carrying a baby to term. If you’re having trouble getting pregnant or are feeling pelvic pain, call your gynecologist at Century Medical and Dental Center in Brooklyn for a consultation.
Infections may strike any part of your body, wherever unwanted bacteria can find a way in. Pelvic inflammatory disease is an infection that takes place in your reproductive organs. Often causing little or no symptoms, pelvic inflammatory disease, often referred to as PID, takes many women by surprise, especially if they’ve had it for some time. Many women discover they have it only after developing chronic pelvic pain or trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant.
PID’s symptoms often mimics other inflammatory disorders or infections, so take careful note of your symptoms to discuss thoroughly with your ob gyn doctor at Century Medical and Dental Center. Symptoms include:
A foul-smelling vaginal discharge or pain when urinating may indicate a sexually transmitted disease. Bacteria from gonorrhea or chlamydia represent the most common types of bacteria that cause PID. If your cervix has opened due to childbirth, miscarriage or surgical procedures, bacteria may have inadvertently been introduced into your uterus. Since infections and STDs can affect your fertility, contact your gynecologist for an exam before you experience unwanted side effects of the disease.
Although suspected in the past, most doctors don’t believe intrauterine devices increase your chances of developing pelvic inflammatory disease. But risk factors include:
Because PID is basically an infection, several complications may arise from a lack of treatment. Your reproductive organs can be affected — from a fallopian tube infection to inflamed ovaries — resulting in infertility or an ectopic pregnancy. The scar tissue from PID keeps a fertilized egg from moving into the uterus for proper implantation.
Chronic pelvic pain may come from inflamed ovaries, a uterus infection or scar tissue left behind. PID also causes abscesses that may form on your ovaries or uterine tube. A collection of pus from the infection can result in a life-threatening condition.
One of the difficulties is differentiating between PID and endometriosis. Sometimes, the two conditions can even coexist. The key to successful pelvic inflammatory disease treatment involves eradicating the infection. Your gynecologist in Brooklyn may suggest:
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To reduce your chance of developing PID, learn about and practice safe sex techniques. Barrier methods such as condoms reduce your risk. If you choose to have multiple partners or are unsure about your present partner’s sexual history, condoms can protect you from unwanted pregnancy, STDs and pelvic inflammation disease.
Talk to your medical specialists at Century Medical and Dental Center about testing and contraception. Eliminate douching from your routine, as it’s detrimental to the delicate balance of good bacteria versus bad in your vagina. Pelvic inflammatory disease can be treated successfully and prevented with proper knowledge and safe practices.
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