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What is Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)?
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) is a condition whereby infection spreads from the vaginal area up to the rest of the female reproductive organs.
Pelvic Inflammatory Diseases are usually caused by infections from sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea.
Our Women’s Clinic run by female doctors offers detailed evaluation and testing for Pelvic Inflammatory Diseases.
What are the risk factors?
Risk factors for Pelvic Inflammatory Diseases include risk factors for acquiring sexually transmitted diseases.
Some risk factors include:
- Multiple sexual partners
- Change in sexual partner
- Not going for regular STD checks
- Unprotected sexual intercourse
- Being sexually active at a younger age
What are the signs & symptoms of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease?
Common signs and symptoms of pelvic inflammatory diseases might include:
- Having pain in your lower abdomen and pelvis
- Heavy vaginal discharge with an unpleasant odour
- Fever, sometimes with chills
- Painful or difficult urination
What are the complications?
Having pelvic inflammatory disease can lead to a serious infection if left untreated. In rare situations, this infection may even spread to the blood causing sepsis. Pelvic inflammatory diseases may cause fertility issues making it harder for the lady to conceive in the future.
How do I know if I have Pelvic Inflammatory Disease?
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease will usually present with symptoms suggestive of infection such as pain, fever or abnormal discharge. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, do make sure to get yourself checked by your doctor.
Partners with Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
If you have recently been diagnosed with Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, then you should get screened for sexually transmitted infections. Your partner should also get screened for STDs and get treated if necessary.
What are the treatments for Pelvic Inflammatory Disease?
As Pelvic Inflammatory Disease is a form of infection, treatment will be through a course of antibiotics to treat the infection. If the infection is mild, oral antibiotics may be enough. However, in a more severe infection, the patient may require hospital admission for intravenous antibiotics.
Prevention of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
The appropriate steps to take to prevent Pelvic Inflammatory Disease would be the same as the steps to take to prevent getting an STD. First and foremost, it is important to advocate safe sex practises with a condom, especially if you are unsure of the status of your partner. It would be good to undergo regular STD screening and get tested regularly if you have multiple partners, or if you have a recent change in partner.
Taking these crucial steps can help reduce your risk of acquiring an STD and hence reduce your chance of getting Pelvic Inflammatory Disease.
Are there any home remedies for Pelvic Inflammatory Disease?
Unfortunately Pelvic Inflammatory Disease can only be treated via proper medications prescribed by a qualified doctor and there are no home remedies for this.
Worried You Might Have Contracted Pelvic Inflammatory Disease?
If you are worried that you have Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, come down to any of our clinics where our doctors will be more than glad to advise you. We have female doctors in our Bencoolen and Robertson Walk Branches.
Our Women’s Health Services
- Emergency Contraception
- Intra-Uterine Device (IUD)
- Vaginal Infection
- Vaginal Itch
- Abnormal Vaginal Discharge
- Vaginal Lumps and Bumps
- Bacterial Vaginosis
- Vaginal Odour
- Dyspareunia (Pain during Sex)
- Bleeding after sex
- Fertility Screening
- Prematerial Screening
- Pap Smear
- Period & Menstrual issues
- Women's STD Screening