Pelvic pain can be caused by many conditions, including heavy periods, endometriosis, or even miscarriage, among others. It can be mild or severe, but regardless, you should seek medical care if it lasts more than a day or two.
Dr. Marsha Bornt and her staff at Apple Hill Gynecology help women understand why they are experiencing pelvic pain all the time. A relatively common issue is PID, or pelvic inflammatory disease. Our patients are sometimes surprised to learn they have this condition, so in this post, we describe how it’s contracted, the symptoms, and how it’s treated.
When your reproductive organs are infected, you have PID. It can affect your Fallopian tubes, ovaries, uterus, or cervix. About 5% of women in the United States have PID. Around 85% of the time, PID is the result of an untreated sexually transmitted infection (STI), most commonly gonorrhea and chlamydia.
A few factors make it more likely you’ll have PID, including:
- Having had an STI in the past
- Having had PID before
- Being sexually active and younger than 25 years old
- Having multiple sex partners, or a partner who has multiple partners
- Having recently gotten an intrauterine device (IUD) inserted for birth control
Symptoms and complications of PID
In addition to pelvic pain, PID can cause other symptoms. You may have a fever, an unusual discharge, a burning feeling when you urinate, and pain or bleeding when you have sex.
Although effective treatments exist, the fact is that PID can damage your reproductive system. Around one in eight women who have PID struggle to get pregnant. Getting treatment quickly is the best way to avoid complications.
Other complications related to PID could include scarring on your Fallopian tubes, chronic pelvic pain, or ectopic pregnancy. If the infection spreads to your blood, PID can be life-threatening.
Treatments for PID
PID requires antibiotics, often more than one type. You’ll need a follow-up appointment within a few days of beginning to take antibiotics to make sure they’re working. In rare cases, PID requires hospitalization.
Your sexual partner(s) should be tested for STIs, as well. It’s possible for you and your partner to re-infect each other without thorough and complete treatment.
Find out why you have pain
It’s important to find out the reason you’re experiencing pelvic pain. For one thing, there are effective treatments, which means you don’t have to live with pain. For another, if you have an infection, the pain can cause serious health issues for you.
If you have pelvic pain, schedule an appointment at Apple Hill Gynecology today, and let’s find out why.