A Note On Pelvic Inflammatory Disease


The medical condition where the female reproductive organs get infected in termed as Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). PID is normally engendered by bacteria that are passed on sexually. The bacteria can spread from the vagina of the person to the uterus, ovaries, or fallopian tubes, causing infection. The symptoms of PID can be mild or subtle and some women might not experience any symptoms. Therefore, you might not understand that you have PID until you experience trouble getting pregnant or develop chronic pain in the pelvic region. 


Symptoms Of PID 

As said earlier, the symptoms of PID can be mild and difficult to recognize. A few examples are as follows: 

  • Pain in the pelvis and lower abdomen region. 
  • Heavy discharge from the vagina. The discharge can have a foul odor. 
  • Abnormal bleeding in the uterus. This can especially occur between menstrual cycles or after sexual intercourse. 
  • Fever, which is sometimes accompanied by chills. 
  • Pain during sex. 
  • Pain during urinating.


Causes Of PID 

Different types of bacteria can cause pelvic inflammatory disease. However, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are the most common villains. Usually, these bacteria are transmitted via unprotected sex. In some rare cases, bacteria can also find their way to your reproductive tract when the normal barrier formed by the cervix is altered. This can occur after childbirth, during menstruation, or after an abortion or miscarriage. 


When Should You See A Doctor? 

You need to visit a free womens clinic in your area to seek urgent medical care if you have: 

  • Severe pain in your pelvis or lower abdomen. 
  • Vomiting and nausea, making it difficult to keep anything down.
  • Foul discharge from the vagina. 
  • Fever with very high temperatures. 


Even if your signs and symptoms are mild, you need to visit any affordable health clinic and see a doctor. This is because foul discharge from the vagina, bleeding between menstrual cycles, etc can also be symptoms of STDs. If you experience any of these symptoms, you need to stop having sex and see a doctor at the earliest. In the opinion of expert doctors in free womens clinics, promptly treating a sexually transmitted infection can help prevent pelvic inflammatory disease. 


Prevention Of PID 

Many things can be done to prevent PID. Some of them are: 

  • Practice safe sex 
  • Discuss contraception methods with your doctor
  • Do not douche
  • Get tested


The next time you experience any of the symptoms discussed in the above paragraphs, remember to walk-in to your nearest affordable health clinic.

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    About the Author

    Dr. Ghassan M. Al-Jazayrly, MD

    A graduate of University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Al-Jazayrly or, as he is colloquially known: Dr. AJ, is an oncologist and hematologist of a Complete Care Community Health Center (CCCHC) with more than 36 years of experience. In recent years, he’s been involved with a non profit organization known as Every Woman Counts (EWC) which provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to California’s underserved populations in order to eliminate health disparities for low-income individuals.

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