Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
Pelvic inflammatory disease, (commonly abbreviated to PID), is a serious infection that if left untreated, or treated too late, can damage a woman’s reproductive organs. If you suspect you may have developed this infection, you can be tested for it at Broadgate Clinic London Wall, using our walk-in-off-the street without an appointment, health screening services.
The potential causes of PID
PID is disease that sometimes infects women with no apparent cause, although it is often linked to certain STDs. The Chlamydia virus is the one most often found to cause PID although is also sometimes caused by the gonorrhoea virus. When no other cause is apparent, it is thought to be related to other bacteria that are found occurring quite naturally in both the vagina and the cervix. Regrettably, no one knows why this should be so. The most likely causes of PID include:
- When a pregnancy has been terminated
- Giving birth
- Having sexual intercourse with a new partner
- Having sex intercourse with someone who has other sexual partners
- Having an untreated STD infection
- Having previously developed a PID infection
- If you use an IUD (intrauterine birth control device, or coil)
PID also increases the risk of an ectopic pregnancy
Whilst PID is not life threatening or significantly debilitating, if left untreated, it can interfere with the health of a woman’s reproductive organs, and in chronic cases can lead to infertility. This is because the bacteria can reach and cause an infection in the womb and ovaries via the fallopian tubes. It is usually the fallopian tubes that become damaged, making it increasingly difficult to conceive. You can get both diagnosis and treatment for PID at the Broadgate women health services clinic at 65 London Wall, near Liverpool Street and Moorgate tube stations
You should also be aware that PID increases the risk of an ectopic pregnancy developing. An ectopic pregnancy is one whereby the foetus grows in the fallopian tubes rather than in the womb (uterus).
The most common causes of PID
In many instances, pelvic inflammatory disease presents no symptoms, but when it does, the symptoms to be on the lookout for, include:
- Pain in the lower abdominal area
- Running a fever
- You may notice an unusual, unpleasant smelling, vaginal discharge
- Sexual intercourse may prove painful
- You may experience pain and bleeding during sexual intercourse
- Your periods could be heavier
- You may experience bleeding even though you don’t have a period
- You could experience a burning sensation when you urinate, similar to the pain of cystitis
- Some women also experience nausea and vomiting.
If you experience any of the above mentioned symptoms, and you think they could indicate a PID infection, it’s important that you seek an early diagnosis. The disease can be both diagnosed and treated relatively easily by popping into to see us here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall.
Antibiotics are the recommended treatment for PID
Pelvic inflammatory disease can be cured with a course of antibiotics. As the cause of PID can be attributed to more than one type of bacterium, it is usual to be given two different antibiotics, the combination of which can eliminate a number of bacteria. The antibiotics most commonly used are:
You must complete any course of antibiotics
The antibiotics to remedy PID are normally prescribed over a 14 day period. Don’t forget to complete the course, even if your symptoms disappear before you’ve finished. By not completing any course of any antibiotics prescribed for any condition, you are providing the bacteria with an opportunity to develop immunity to the antibiotic you’ve been administering.If PID is allowed to develop unchecked, it can damage your reproductive organs, and if it does, that damage cannot unfortunately be undone.
Broadgate Clinic London Wall – the best and most convenient choice for London’s female workforce
In the majority of cases PID can be cured completely, but this does depend on getting a fast diagnosis (which is usually carried out by a physical examination of the pelvic area), followed by immediate treatment being administered. For women working in the city of London, the women health services that Broadgate Clinic London Wall offers on a no appointment, walk-in basis, are the perfect and most convenient choice.
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