Pelvic pain may be due to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID is a type of womb and Fallopian-tube infection. PID might also affect your ovaries.

The most usual cause of PID is a sexually transmitted infection (STI), with the most common STIs being gonorrhoea and chlamydia. In the UK each year, one-in-50 women who are sexually active will develop PID.

Whatever the cause of PID, the infection usually travels to your uterus from the neck of your womb or from your vagina.

To prevent complications from developing, early treatment and diagnosis are essential. Contact  IPSA Medical clinic if you are experiencing pelvic pain for a same-day appointment that we can arrange at a time that suits you.

At IPSA Medical, our female doctor will see you. She has a special interest in family planning with experience in gynaecological medicine.

Your consultation will be in both a clean and quiet setting that is confidential. You will be given a full consultation during which any potential causes for your pelvic pain will be discussed. Your IPSA Medical doctor will also rule out serious causes for the symptoms via a thorough examination.

If your IPSA Medical doctor does suspect that you have PID, she may take some swabs during your consultation to help pinpoint a diagnosis. A swab is taken from the neck of your womb; this is to test for the presence of bacteria. Your doctor may also take a swab from your urethra (this is where you pass urine from), and she may also take some urine and blood tests.

You may also be given a pregnancy test. This is because PID and ectopic pregnancies can present with similar symptoms.

IPSA Medical’s Treatment for Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

At least a two-week course of antibiotics is usually prescribed by your IPSA Medical doctor. On some occasions, your doctor may feel that you require hospital treatment. This is advisable for clients with very high temperatures of over 38°C, or if there are any signs that you may have an abscess.

Your current sexual partner and any partners you have had in the previous six months will also require treatment. Men can pass on the infection, even though they often experience no symptoms.

Chlamydia may be re-transmitted to you following treatment if your sexual partner has not had the treatment, but is infected. You and your sexual partner should both refrain from sex until the treatment is finished.

What Are the Symptoms?

PID symptoms may sometimes not even occur or may be very mild at first. It might therefore take a while for this type of infection to be diagnosed. However, even if you have not noticed any symptoms, you still carry the risk of complications.

If your IPSA Medical doctor does suspect that you have PID, she might choose to start you on treatment at once (before your test results have been returned).

The most common PID symptom is mild or severe pain in the pelvic area or lower abdomen. Additionally, you may experience:\

  • Lower back pain
  • Vaginal discharge that is abnormal
  • A fever
  • Bleeding between periods or after sex, or heavier periods
  • Pain during sex

If your PID can be diagnosed and treated early, then the complications often do not develop. The complications associated with PID are pregnancy complications (such as infertility) or persistent pain when having sex.

During the consultation at IPSA Medical, we will discuss the long-term PID effects with you alongside future recommendations.

If you do have any questions or worries after going home, you can easily access IPSA Medical doctors on the phone. Our aim at IPSA Medical is to give you total peace of mind and easy accessibility to our doctors when you need it.

Contact IPSA Medical today for your immediate consultation. Alternatively, you can book online to see our experienced doctors.

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