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Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

Pelvic inflammatory disease is a term describing the inflammation of the fallopian tubes, ovaries, and uterus to the point of scar tissue. As this continues to progress and adhere to various nearby organs and tissues, it can lead to infertility. The actual term of pelvis inflammatory disease tends to be vague and can refer to fungal parasitic and viral infections. Generally, most of the infections are viral. It is believed that pelvic inflammatory disease should be classified by the organisms, affected organs, and infection that are causing the issue. Although sexually transmitted diseases are often the cause of the condition, there are many other elements that can lead towards its development as well. Many women who have had scar tissue providing evidence that they have pelvic inflammatory disease have stated that they never knew that they had the condition at all. It is suggested that regular sexually transmitted infection testing should be performed in order to ensure the prevention of the condition itself. There are some forms of pelvic inflammatory disease which are completely lacking symptoms. However, although these conditions may lack symptoms, it does not mean that they are any less harmful. Some variants of pelvic inflammatory disease do have symptoms. These symptoms can include fever, lower abdominal pain, discharge, painful intercourse, irregular menstrual bleeding, cervical motion tenderness, and more. Pelvic inflammatory disease is more likely to happen when the individual has a previous history of STLs, an IUD, sexual contact, or recent periods. An acute case is less likely when there has not been recent intercourse and there is no IUD being used. The doctor will run tests to ensure that there is also no ectopic pregnancy occurring. Even though pelvic inflammatory disease can be cured with treatment at times, the overall effects can often be permanent. It is very important to get early identification of the condition as soon possible. Since the condition can be asymptomatic, women are encouraged to get a regular screening in case they are at risk. It is also a key factor towards prevention. If the infection is mainly in the lower tract, it is possible that there will not be complications after the infection is cured. However, if it is in the fallopian tubes, there are many serious issues which can occur. Ultimately, working towards early discovery and having regular screenings is the best way to ensure that women are protected.
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