What is Pelvic Inflammatory Diseases(PID)

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)


PID is an infection that affects the womb.The (bacteria) that cause the infection usually travel into your womb from your vagina or cervix. Most cases are caused by chlamydia or gonorrhea. If the cervix is exposed to a sexually transmitted disease, such as gonorrhea and/or chlamydia the cervix itself becomes infected and less able to prevent the spread of bacteria infection to the internal organs.Gonorrhea is a contagious disease transmitted most often through sexual contact with an infected person.So PID occurs when the disease causing bacteria travel from the cervix to the upper genital tract. Untreated gonorrhea and chlamydia cause can also a major cause of PID, Other causes include abortion, childbirth.

What Are the Symptoms of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease?

The symptoms of PID can vary, The common ones may include the following:

* Dull pain or tenderness in the stomach or lower abdominal area, or pain in the right upper abdomen
* Abnormal vaginal discharge that is yellow or green in color or that has an unusual odor
* Painful urination
* Chills or high fever
* Nausea and vomiting
* Pain during sex

Risk Factors

* Women with sexually transmitted diseases especially gonorrhea and chlamydia, stand a greater risk for developing PID.
* Women who have had a prior episode of PID are at higher risk for another episode.
* Sexually active teenagers are more likely to develop PID than are older women.
* Women with many sexual partners are at greater risk for sexually transmitted diseases (STD s) and PID.

NOTE:If you notice any of this symptoms you are advised to see your health care specialist for medical advise and curative measures.