Saturday, April 01, 2006

What is Pelvic Inflammatory Disease?

What is Pelvic Inflammatory Disease?
Pelvic inflammatory disease affects millions of women each year in the United States and is an infection of one or more pelvic organs, including the uterus, cervix, and fallopian tubes.
PID occurs when a bacteria or organism enters the cervix and spreads upward. Symptoms of pelvic inflammatory disease include:
lower abdominal pain,
fever up to 103 degrees,
rapid pulse,
back pain,
pain during sex,
vaginal discharge.
PID is a serious condition and requires immediate medical attention. If you are experiencing pelvic pain or symptoms you should see your gynecologist immediately. Make a record of your pain and take it with you to your appointment. It will help your physician to know exactly when your pain occurs, where your pain is located, and the severity of your pain. If pelvic inflammatory disease is left untreated it can become life- threatening!
Pelvic inflammatory disease is usually contracted through sexual contact. Untreated
gonorrhea and chlamydia cause an estimated 90 percent of all cases of PID. However, it's sometimes caused by abortion, childbirth, or a pelvic procedure.
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