Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, also known to some as PID, is an infection of a woman’s pelvic and reproductive organs. More than one million women in the USA alone will suffer from a case of PID each year. That is a huge number! PID is a very serious condition that is usually a complication of one of two sexually transmitted diseases: either Gonorrhea or Chlamydia. PID can severely damage the female reproductive organs, including but not limited to the uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. PID is also the #1 cause of preventable infertility in women. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease is caused by bacteria entering the vagina and spreading through the body to the other reproductive organs. In most normal cases, the cervix is able to prevent bacteria that have entered the vagina from spreading to the other organs. However, in cases of PID, the cervix itself has become damaged and infected by the bacteria (from a sexually transmitted disease), and is unable to fight off the bacteria anymore. When the cervix is unable to fight off that bacteria, and it spreads through to the other reproductive organs that is the cause of ninety percent of the cases of PID. PID is most common in teenagers and young adult women, women who douche, women who have an IUD, and women who have multiple sex partners. All of these can put you at risk for PID.
PID symptoms can vary from woman to woman, and many women may never have any symptoms at all. Some of the symptoms that might be present include pain in the lower abdomen, unusual or foul smelling vaginal discharge, painful sex or urination, fever, chill, nausea or vomiting. Like we mentioned before, sometimes PID has no symptoms. However, sometimes, especially when PID is caused by Gonorrhea, extreme pain and high fever can come on very fast. If you think you could possibly have PID, is is imperative to seek a doctor’s help right away. Don’t wait!
If you have PID, you will be given antibiotic treatments, usually more than one medication. After the medication has been completed, the PID will most likely be cured. If left untreated, PID can lead to infertility and other pelvic problems. Even though PID can be cured with antibiotics, if there has already been damage done to your reproductive organs, it can not be reversed. This is why it is so important to see a doctor immediately if you think you might have PID. The sooner you get treatment, the sooner you can get better, and the less damage that will be done to your body. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease is a very serious condition that all women should be educated about so they can protect themselves from it, and also watch for signs and symptoms if they think they might have PID.