It can be embarrassing to find out you’ve contracted a sexually transmitted infection, but the most important thing you can do is to get medically treated before it develops into Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, or PID, is an infection in female reproductive system, including the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, and cervix. PID is usually contracted by a previous sexually transmitted infection and at the beginning can be treated with antibiotics.
It’s possible not to recognize the symptoms of PID at the beginning, but as the infection continues, you may feel the following:
- Pain when you urinate, or have a difficult time urinating
- Pain in your lower abdomen and pelvis
- Heavy, malodorous vaginal discharge
- Painful sexual intercourse
In some cases of PID, the symptoms can come on quickly and with greater intensity. If you experience the following, it’s important to get medical attention right away.
- Severe pain in your lower abdomen
- Fainting spells, or other signs of shock
- Fever about 102F
Diagnosis and Assessment
After concerns for PID are shows, the doctor may move forward with more conclusive tests such as a pelvic exam, urine test, or a cervical culture check. Once you have been diagnosed with PID, your doctor will determine if more tests need to be done to assess and damage to your internal organs. Some of these tests would be:
- Laparoscopy: A small incision in your abdomen to take photos of your reproductive organs
- Pelvic Ultrasound: Images of your internal and reproductive organs
- Endometrial Biopsy: Removing a small sample from the lining of your uterus
Your initial treatment will likely be a course of antibiotics. After beginning the antibiotics, your symptoms may begin to feel better, or go away completely, but you must finish the entire course of medication. In very rare instances, sufferers of PID may require surgery. This is only if you have a ruptured abscess in your pelvis, or if your doctor suspects you will have a ruptured abscess.
Prevention and Responsibility
PID can be spread through sexual contact, so if you are sexually active in any way, your partner should also get treated for PID. This INCLUDES men, who can sometimes be carriers of the bacteria that causes PID. Your infection can recur if your partner is not treated as well. It’s best to abstain from sexual contact until the infection has been resolved.
Your doctor cannot share your information with anyone whom you do not give permission, so, If you have any concerns about PID, or any other sexually transmitted infection, please contact your physician for more information.
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