Updated: Oct 31, 2019
EmpressBody frequently receive enquiries about PID, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an infection of the female upper genital tract, including the womb, fallopian tubes and ovaries. PID is a common condition, although it's not clear how many women are affected in the UK.
It mostly affects sexually active women aged 15 to 24 and, as it has varying symptoms, can often not be detected until women experience difficulties getting pregnant. EmpressBody is dedicated to spreading knowledge and information about ailments and topics that are often not discussed out in the open as much as they are deemed ‘yucky’. Unfortunately with women’s intimate health this does more damage than good as not talking about an issue just because it is not seen as the stuff of public discussion does not mean it goes away. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about PID and how EmpressBody can help.
What causes PID?
Most cases of PID are caused by a bacterial infection that's spread from the vagina or the cervix to the reproductive organs higher up.
Many different types of bacteria can cause PID. In about 1 in 4 cases, it's caused by a sexually transmitted infection (STI) such as chlamydia or gonorrhoea.
Another type of STI, called mycoplasma genitalium, is thought to be increasingly responsible for cases of PID.
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How do you know if you have PID?
PID often doesn't cause any obvious symptoms. Most women have mild symptoms that may include 1 or more of the following:
· pain around the pelvis or lower abdomen (tummy)
· discomfort or pain during sex that's felt deep inside the pelvis
· pain during urination
· bleeding between periods and after sex
· heavy periods
· painful periods
· unusual vaginal discharge, especially if it's yellow or green
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A few women become very ill with:
· severe lower abdominal pain
· a high temperature (fever)
· nausea and vomiting
Delaying treatment for PID or having repeated episodes of PID can increase your risk of serious and long-term complications. There's no simple test to diagnose PID. Diagnosis is based on your symptoms and the finding of tenderness on a vaginal (internal) examination. Swabs will be taken from your vagina and cervix (neck of the womb), but negative swabs don't rule out PID.
Complications that can be caused by PID
The fallopian tubes can become scarred and narrowed if they're affected by PID. This can make it difficult for eggs to pass from the ovaries into the womb. This can then increase your chances of having an ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy in the fallopian tubes instead of the womb) in the future, and can make some women infertile. It's estimated around 1 in 10 women with PID become infertile as a result of the condition. Women who have delayed treatment or had repeated episodes of PID are most at risk. But most women treated for PID are still able to get pregnant without any problems.
EmpressBody Recommends for PID:
EmpressBody recommends using the Detox Pearls, not as a cure, but to ease the painful symptoms that come with PID. The EmpressBody Detox Pearls can assist with drawing the bacteria away from your uterus, which is one the issues and symptoms of PID. Also, if the PID was brought on by an STD it's more likely to be more effective.
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