PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease): Feeling low during periods is common. But feeling extremely miserable, experiencing cramps and flu-like symptoms may be indicative of some other underlying problem. If that is the case, you might have to take the help of IVF. There are many clinics which help in delivering test tube baby in India.
PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease) at a glance
PID can occur in three forms-Acute, chronic and silent. The acute form is severe and it may lead to hospitalization. With the chronic form, the symptoms are slight and may even go unnoticed. Silent PID is characterized by the absence of any symptoms.
Symptoms of PID
- Lower Abdominal Pain
It is one of the most common symptoms of PID. The pain may be mild or severe. It might be present all the time but mild in chronic PID. The cramping during periods will interfere with regular activities. In case you have severe PID, the pain may be so bad that you might not be able to stand up.
- Pelvic Pain
PID patients experience pelvic pain, especially during sexual intercourse. The reason for pain during sex may be due to other reasons also. Women must not forget to mention it to their doctors.
- Pain in the Lower Back
Pain in the lower back which seems to be there all through the month and gets intense during the periods is another indication of PDI. The pain might be experienced around the kidney and the liver.
- Irregular Menstruation
If you experience heavy bleeding during periods and spotting in between the cycle, you may be a PID patient. It is best to get in touch with a doctor if that is the case.
- Foul smelling Vaginal Discharge
PID can be indicated by a change in vaginal discharge. If the discharge is heavy, has an unusual color and a fishy odor, it may be due to PID. The odor may become worse after sexual interaction. An untreated vaginal infection can also lead to PID, so visit your doctor as soon as possible if you experience such symptoms.
- Urinary Problems
PID may also be the cause of unusual discharge from the urethra. Other symptoms of PID include burning during urination, frequent urination and experiencing difficulty in urinating.
- Flu-Like Symptoms
PID may be accompanied by flu-like symptoms which include fatigue, weakness, uneasiness, low grade or high fever and chills.
- Upheaval of the digestion system
PID may lead to various digestive problems like loss of appetite, diarrhoea, and vomiting. Persistent vomiting calls for immediate medical attention.
It contributes to 10 to 15 % of cases of infertility. Sometimes women discover that they have PID only after failing to conceive. Even if the woman has received treatment for it or sexually transmitted disease, it is still possible to experience infertility.
What If the Symptoms are absent?
It is quite common to see patients with PID who never experienced any symptoms. You may fall in the same category. It may lead to blocked fallopian tubes. It is best to visit a doctor if you suspect PID.