Updated on March 8, 2021
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an infection of the female reproductive organs. It is usually caused by sexually transmitted bacteria or virus spread from your vagina to your uterus, fallopian tubes or ovaries. Risk factors include having unprotected sex or having multiple sexual partners.
Most common pathogens include
Pelvic inflammatory disease may have no signs or symptoms in the beginning. As such, you may not realise you have the condition until much later when you may experience the following
- Chronic Pelvic Pain
- Heavy periods or smelly vaginal discharge
- Pain during intercourse or while passing urine
- Infertility (inability to get pregnant)
- Ectopic Pregnancy
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You should see your gynaecologist if you suspect you have may PID to have the following tests done to get a diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible
- Endocervical Swab
- Diagnostic Laparoscopy +/- Surgery to remove scarring or adhesions
1. In acute infection, you need antibiotics to clear the infection. This may include surgical drainage of any fluid or pus in the pelvis.
2. In chronic or long-standing PID, you may need surgery to remove scarring or adhesions and repair any damage to the Fallopian tube
Practice safe sex and insist on using a condom every time (especially with new partners). Get yourself and your partner tested for sexually transmitted disease (STD) at a lab near you
Discuss with your Gynae Doctor about your treatment options
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