Treating Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
If caught early, PID is generally mild and does not cause too many symptoms. These mild cases can be treated with injected or oral antibiotics. Moderate cases of PID are usually treated with a few days of intravenous antibiotics, done at home or in a clinic. Severe PID usually requires a stay in hospital along with intravenous antibiotic treatment.
Sometimes, surgery is required in order to drain abscesses caused by PID. An abscess is a growth of pus and bacteria inside your uterus. These can spread infection, and must be drained surgically.
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease and Infertility
PID can be a very serious, and sometimes life threatening disease. If it is not treated, PID can also cause serious damage to your reproductive system. Scar tissue can form in and around the fallopian tubes or damage other reproductive organs. This tissue damage can result in infertility or an ectopic pregnancy. If you have PID, it is important to seek treatment immediately.
Preventing Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
If you are sexually active, it is important to reduce your risk of developing PID. Keep the following tips in mind:
- only have one sexual partner
- use a condom during sexual intercourse
- visit your healthcare provider every year for a pelvic exam