Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Treatment in Tallassee, AL
An infection of the upper female reproductive system—including the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries—is referred to as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Usually the result of contracting a sexually transmitted disease (STD), most commonly chlamydia and gonorrhea, PID can lead to a number of health problems if left untreated, including fertility problems, long-term pelvic pain and irreversible damage to the female reproductive system.
To schedule a consultation with a qualified healthcare provider in Tallassee that specializes in pelvic inflammatory disease treatment, call (334) 781-7319 or contact Dr. Ryan McWhorter online.
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Cause
Bacteria spreading from your vagina to your uterus, fallopian tubes or ovaries can infect your reproductive system, consequently causing reproductive issues, and is primarily transmitted sexually (through sexually transmitted infection, or STI), though additional PID-causing sources of bacteria may include:
- A recent operation on the womb
- Receiving an intrauterine device (IUD)
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Symptoms
Pelvic inflammatory disease symptoms include:
- Lower abdominal and pelvic pain
- Unusual vaginal discharge accompanied by unpleasant odor (which could indicate a sexually transmitted infection)
- Irregular menstrual bleeding
- Painful intercourse
- Painful urination or difficulty urinating
If you present with symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection (STI), it is imperative that you refrain from having sex and visit your healthcare provider. Prompt STI treatment can prevent the onset of PID.
Additionally, is imperative that you see your healthcare provider if you experience any of the following, more serious symptoms which could indicate a more immediate health concern:
- Severe pain in your lower abdomen
- Signs of shock including fainting
- Fever with temperature that exceeds 101°F (28.3°C)
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Diagnosis
In order for your healthcare provider to make a pelvic inflammatory disease diagnosis, your symptoms will be discussed, followed by a pelvic exam, during which your healthcare provider uses a cotton swab to take samples from your vagina and cervix. Your healthcare provider will observe for cervical bleeding or tenderness as well as for fluid leakage. An analysis of vaginal discharge, cervical cultures and urine tests may also be conducted. The following diagnostic tests can confirm PID:
- Pelvic ultrasound or CT scan
- Endometrial biopsy
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Treatment
Pelvic inflammatory disease treatment will likely start with a course of antibiotics, which will be adjusted upon receiving your lab results. Antibiotics will be taken for two weeks, and then a follow-up visit will determine whether they need to be adjusted. More serious cases of PID may require hospitalization where intravenous (IV) antibiotics can be administered, followed by antibiotics taken orally. Rarely, surgery may be performed in patients who do not respond to antibiotic treatment.
When PID goes untreated, more serious problems can follow, including:
- Tubal Factor Infertility
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Chronic pelvic pain
While treatment can eliminate the infection, it cannot reverse any damage already inflicted upon your reproductive system. It is imperative to seek treatment immediately and to inform your sexual partner(s) so that they too may receive treatment.
Preventing Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
To safeguard against pelvic inflammatory disease, practicing safe sex and being regularly treated for STDs if you are sexually active is recommended. Additionally, if you use a douche, it is recommended to refrain use as douching affects the balance of bacteria in your vagina. If you experience any of the aforementioned PID symptoms, seeking prompt treatment could help prevent the risk of PID complications. To schedule a consultation with a qualified healthcare provider in Tallassee that specializes in pelvic inflammatory disease treatment, call (334) 781-7319 or contact Dr. Ryan McWhorter online.
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