Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Ascending infection from the vagina or cervix to the uterus, fallopian tubes, and broad ligaments in the lower abdomen.
Almost any bacteria can cause PID, but the most frequent agents are Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Chlamydia trachomatis. Transmitted by sexual intercourse with a man with urethritis; insertion of an IUD, an abortion, or childbirth. Highly infectious disease.
A mucopurulent (pus-like) vaginal discharge caused by cervicitis (inflammation of the cervix). There may be associated difficulty in urination due to urethritis (inflammation of the urethra); pain and bleeding from the rectal area due to inflammation of the anal/rectal area; abdominal pain may be midline or bilateral in the lower abdomen; when salpingitis (inflammation of the fallopian tubes) is present, the pain and tenderness are severe and usually accompanied by nausea and vomiting. Fever and increased white blood cell count. Severe pain during pelvic examination. PID must be distinguished from ectopic pregnancy, appendicitis, or other pelvic diseases by a doctor.
Early therapy with appropriate antibiotics is important if subsequent infertility due to occlusion and scarring of the Fallopian tubes by adhesions is to be prevented. All sexual partners should be examined for evidence of sexually transmitted diseases and, if positive, treated with the appropriate antibiotic.
Acidophilus, 3 capsules or
Multivitamin and mineral complex, as directed on the label, promotes immune function.
Any of these may alleviate symptoms. Alternate teas and consume three cups daily or take in capsule or extract form.
This disease is highly contagious. The Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that you protect yourself with condoms. Condoms should be used, but they are no guarantee of protection against venereal diseases! Check with your doctor!
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