Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Pelvic inflammatory disease is an infection which occurs in a woman’s pelvic region.
Symptoms for acute pelvic inflammatory disease include:
Severe pain in the lower abdomen
For chronic PID:
Recurrent pain in the lower abdomen
Heavy, unpleasant, smelling vaginal discharge
Pain during intercourse.
If the condition is not treated immediately, it can become very serious and often fatal. Acute pelvic inflammatory disease comes on suddenly and is usually very severe. Chronic pelvic inflammatory disease is an infection that may only cause recurrent mild pain and sometimes backache. Some women suffer from no obvious symptoms.
Pelvic inflammatory disease is caused by bacteria from contaminated semen that ‘swims’ from the vagina into the uterus. The organism responsible for the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhoea or chlamydia was usually the cause in most cases of pelvic inflammatory disease. However, recent research has linked other organisms to pelvic inflammatory disease. The risk of pelvic inflammatory disease increases after insertion of an IUD for contraception, childbirth, miscarriage or abortion. Your doctor will give you a pelvic examination and if there is an infection, he will take a sample for examination.
Eat plenty of whole foods, as this will help to strengthen your immune system and help speed your recovery. Supplements of Vitamin A, C and B complex may also enhance your immune system.
Avoid putting anything inside your vagina for 2-3 weeks after an abortion, a D and C, or a miscarriage and 6 weeks after childbirth. Such as douching, tampons and no intercourse. Use contraception - diaphragm, condoms or a cervical cap with spermicides. Do not use an IUD. Use barrier methods of contraception and avoid intercourse during your menstrual period if you have a history of pelvic infections or if you have several or more sexual partners. You should also get immediate treatment for any sexually transmitted disease.
When to seek further professional advice
As soon as you experience any sudden abdominal pain, abnormal menstrual bleeding or if you experience a vaginal discharge that is foul-smelling.
Alternative therapies should only be used during or after conventional treatment so as to help speed up recovery. Herbalists recommend Echinacea (Echinacea spp.), goldenseal, meadowsweet, calendula (Calendula officinalis) or St. John’s wort to help fight pelvic inflammatory disease. False unicorn root (Chamaelirium luteum) and Blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides) are also helpful.
Pelvic inflammatory disease is a very serious ailment, so you should consult your doctor who will be able to recommend the best course of action for you.
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