The pelvic inflammatory disease occurs when the reproductive organs in a female get infected by a disease. The reproductive organs include the fallopian tube, vagina as well as ovaries. It should be treated as early as possible so as to avoid serious complications in the future.
Incidence of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
The pelvic inflammatory disease occurs worldwide and has more prevalence, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa at 70% followed by 34% in Asians and 31% in developed countries. In India, the incidence usually falls in-between 3% to 10%.
What Are the Causes of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease?
The reasons for pelvic inflammatory disease can be attributed to a number of factors which are
- Pelvic tuberculosis
- Insertion of Copper T or a hormone-containing Intrauterine device.
- Termination of pregnancy
- Giving birth to a new child
What Are the Symptoms of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease?
Pelvic inflammatory disease can sometimes escape detection and you may remain in darkness while it still exists. But it can also begin abruptly and rapidly
- Agony and pain around the region of the belly
- Vaginal discharge is mysterious and has bizarre colors such as green or yellow
- Fever and/or chills
- Nausea and vomiting
- Having sex is painful
- Improper periods
- Passing urine gives a burning sensation
How is Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Diagnosed?
If you see any symptoms of pelvic inflammatory disease then you should visit a gynecologist as soon as possible. Your gynecologist will diagnose whether you have the pelvic inflammatory disease by any of the following parameters
- By examining your medical history, and asking questions about your general health and sexual health.
- Blood examination
- Pelvic examination
- Urine test: So as to strike out urinary tract infection
- Ultrasound: To obtain a lucid image of the reproductive system
- Vaginal culture if in case any infection is detected
In rare cases, your gynecologist will do other tests such as
- Endometrial biopsy: A tiny amount of sample is excised and sent to a laboratory for testing from the endometrium which is the lining of the uterus
- Laparoscopy: Surgery is performed using a tiny incision and a light attached device is utilized to have a close-up view of reproductive organs.
What Are The Serious Complications That Can Occur due to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease?
If you contract pelvic inflammatory disease many times then your fallopian tubes can become scarred. This can lead to some serious complications such as
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Development of long-term pelvic pain
What Are the Treatment Options For Pelvic Inflammatory Disease?
Pelvic inflammatory disease can be treated with the help of medicines such as antibiotics in case of infection. However it should be noted that medicines cannot undo the harm already caused by the infection, so it becomes critical that you report to your gynecologist as early as you can when you notice any symptoms of pelvic inflammatory disease
Your gynecologist will prescribe you oral antibiotics. It is highly mandatory that you take some steps such as
- Strictly follow the course of antibiotics and not skip any dose.
- Finish the course of antibiotics even if you begin to see improvement in your symptoms
- Make sure you do a follow-up visit to your gynecologist so that she can check whether your treatment is working the way it should or not.
Sometimes it may happen that even though antibiotics are taken by the oral route they show limited efficacy so in that case you should go to the hospital and start Intravenous (IV) treatment.IV treatment also becomes mandatory if you are
- In gestation period
- Having extreme infection
- Your fallopian tubes and ovaries are filled with pus
What are the Prevention Options for Pelvic Inflammatory Disease?
It is not necessary that pelvic inflammatory disease can occur due to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) only. In a small percentage of cases when normal bacteria reach your reproductive organs pelvic inflammatory disease can occur. However, in the majority of cases, STDs are responsible for pelvic inflammatory disease. You can take the following measures
- Don’t have many sexual partners
- Keep barriers to birth control
- Go for treatment if you observe any symptoms
- Go for frequent and constant health checkups.