Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) is one of the more serious infections of the female reproductive organs, and can lead to irreversible damage to the fallopian tubes, ovaries, uterus, which may cause infertility.
According to CDC, 1 in 8 women with a history of PID infection have difficulty conceiving.
What Causes Pelvic Inflammatory Disease?
PID can be a complication from some sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia and gonorrhea.
Women who have multiple sexual partners or have partners who have multiple partners are often at higher risk of being infected.
There are also non sexually transmitted reasons for the infection.
Some have suggested douching being a possible reason by pushing bacteria into the upper genital tract, but there have been no conclusive evidence yet. In any case, douching is an activity that should avoided for general female health.
In addition, there has also been reports there is small increased risks in the first few weeks of placing an intrauterine device (IUD) for birth control.
People with a history of PID have higher risks of recurrence too.
How Do I Know If I Have PID?
PeIvic Inflammatory Disease can be physically uncomfortable, and women tend to experience increased volume of yellow/green discharge that smells off.
However, there are also people who can be asymptomatic.
There is currently no specific test for PID, and a diagnosis is often made by taking account your medical history, physical exam and other tests.
You may be suffering from PID if you have the following symptoms:
- Abdominal pains or dull aches in the abdominal region, especially in the lower quadrant
- Yellow/green discharge that may be accompanied by foul odor
- Painful urination
- Having pain during sex
- Bleeding between periods
PID can be presented in two forms, either acute or chronic. Inflammation is characterised by four main presentations - Redness, Swollen, Hot to touch and Pain.
Do seek your physician’s advice when you observe such characteristics for a more comprehensive evaluation. PID is after all, one of the top preventable causes for infertility.
On the other hand, one would be diagnosed with chronic PID when there is recurrence for at least 4 times in a year.
The functions of our female reproductive organs can get more compromised with every repeated infection.
Having PID also increases risk of ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy outside the womb) and fallopian tube blockage due to scarring.
PID can also severely affect quality of life, as well as lower self esteem due to the myriad of issues linked to prolonged abdominal pain and embarrassing smells.
Coping with PID
Medically, if you are diagnosed with PID, it can be treated when discovered early. However, it does not reverse whatever damage that your female reproductive system have already suffered.
Doctors will generally prescribe antibiotics tailored to your condition, and you should finish the entire course of antibiotics, even when your symptoms have subsided.
Abstaining from sex during treatment is important, as well as making sure that your partner is getting treatment too.
Top Prevention Methods for PID
- Have a healthy diet high in antioxidants, and eat in moderation
- Adopting good sleep routine that provides good sleep quality can also help increase immunity against inflammation
- Don’t overclean and AVOID douching. Read here for the proper way to clean your vagina.
- Choose a monogamous relationship with a man who have been tested and have negative STD results.
Natural Treatment For Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
One of the more popular herbal soups that can be taken regularly as part of our diet is the Immune Boosting Chicken Soup.
Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners like to incorporate healing foods into food for daily doses of prevention and care.
TCM Herbal Soup For PID
The ingredients for Immune Boosting Chicken Soup is as follows:
- Chicken thigh with bones 120g
- Huang qi/Astragalus Roots ( 黃耆) 12g
- Red dates - 6 pieces (remove seeds if possible to reduce heatiness of red dates)
- Goji Berry/ wolfberry 9 g
- Old ginger - 1-2 slices
- Enough water to cover ingredients.
Add all to water and bring to a boil. Then add a little salt and pepper for taste. Turn flame down and let it simmer for 15 - 20 minutes for the flavor to come out.
Another popular home remedy that you may want to consider is a mixed berry yogurt drink.
Berries are high in antioxidants while yogurt is a good probiotic that encourages growth of good bacteria in our body.
It is super simple to make, requires no cooking and makes for a wonderful power packed daily breakfast! Try to choose organic berries as many farmed berries are dosed heavily with fertilizers and pesticides.
Mixed Berry Yogurt Drink