Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) – Treatment with Homeopathy
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) – Treatment with Homeopathy. Find out Causes, Symptoms, Preventive Measures, and Effective Homeopathic Treatment.
Treatment of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) is highly effective with Homeopathy. Homeopathic treatment is safe, and gentle. This blog article covers how systematic homeopathic treatment can help you get rid off your PID and associated ailments. It also covers the basics of PID, such as the causes, symptoms, preventive measures, and homeopathic treatment.
PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease), due to its asymptotic nature is largely unreported. The exact statistics are hence not available. As per estimates, over one million women in the United States are affected by PID every years. Close to 30% women suffering from infertility have PID as one of the causes. The statistics apart, those diagnosed with it know how troubling this disease can be. It is a problem better prevented than cured and if you are unable to diagnose it earlier, you can suffer from some serious complications like Infertility or Ectopic pregnancy (i.e., pregnancy occurring outside of the womb). However, it is often asymptomatic which can make it a sudden nightmare as you get no chance for prevention.
What is Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)?
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) is an infectious and inflammatory disorder, that infects female reproductive organs such as the uterus, fallopian tubes, cervix, and ovaries. The infection first occurs in the vagina or the cervix (lower genital tract). Infective bacteria housed in your vagina or the cervix travels to your upper genital tract infecting the other organs inside such as uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries. The infection not only stays with you but also transmitted sexually to your partners. It's an extremely painful disorder. It is asymptotic in nature, and hence difficult to detect at early stages.
What causes Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)?
As women grow older, the probability of getting growth of masses near organs like fallopian tubes, uterus, pelvis, and ovaries increases. This growth is called adnexal mass and it is often benign but sometimes filled with fluids or solids. When pus is deposited in the pelvis area causing a swell, it is often due to an inflammation which we call Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). Bacteria that usually appear harmless, can become disrobing by causing you PID. In women, PID occurs mostly after childbirth, miscarriage or abortion. Sometimes, the antibiotic treatment of other sexually transmitted infections (STI) can also disrupt the flow of the lower genital tract causing non-pathogenic organisms to overgrow and ascend the upper genital tract causing infection.
In 85% of the cases, PID is a result of an attack from pathogens that are sexually transmitted. The remaining cases could be resulting from respiratory infections, intestinal complexities, or bacterial fever. The pathogens most commonly causing PID are N gonorrhoeae and C trachomatis. And among them, C trachomatis is the most common cause which is an intercellular bacterial pathogen predominantly transmitted through sexual activity.
Who is at greater risk of getting infected with Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)?
PID is common in young women of age less than 25 and those having sex with multiple partners without the use of contraception. Women who had repeated abortions or miscarriages or have been through gynaecological operations also have high chances of catching this disease.
Chances of getting infection are increased if you are living in an area with a high prevalence of sexually transmitted disease (STD), have a history of STD especially gonorrhea or chlamydia, or have HIV infection. The use of IUD (intrauterine device) for birth control can also put you into high-risk category. Frequent douching can disturb the pH balance in vagina leading to infection. Such infection can potentially develop into PID. Douching is forcefully washing your vagina with water.
How do I prevent Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)?
You might not be able to eliminate the threat completely after it has consumed you. If you do not have it already, by taking some regular precautions, starting today, you can prevent it from happening to you.
To prevent Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), you must:
- Practice safe sex: Know your partner’s history before having intercourse. Use condoms every-time and limit the number of partners.
- Get tested: If you are at the risk of an STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection), book an appointment with your doctor immediately. Early treatment of STI will hugely reduce the risk of PID.
- Test your partner: If you have PID or STI, getting your partner tested and treated will prevent the spread of STI and recurrence of PID.
- Stop douching: Forceful washing of the vagina with water will disturb your vagina’s PH balance causing the bacterial infection so avoid it.
What are symptoms of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)?
PID is mostly asymptotic but it can show some mild and subtle signs at the start that are difficult to notice. You may not even realize that you are infected with PID at the time of its conception. You might realize it only after it has grown enough to make you suffer chronic pain in the abdomen.
The common symptoms of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease are:
- Dull ache or unbearable pain in your vagina, lower or upper right abdomen, and lower back
- Nausea and vomiting sensation
- Fatigue or high fever with body chills
- Foul-smelling discharge from the vagina
- Irregular periods associated with excessive pain
- Stinging pain during sex or while passing urine
- Abnormal bleeding especially during and after sexual intercourse and in-between menstrual cycles
When should I visit a doctor?
You should immediately visit a doctor when you see two or more of these symptoms:
- The pain in your lower abdomen area is getting severe
- Your vaginal discharge is smelling
- You have a temperature higher than 38.3 degree Celsius or 101 F
- You are unable to eat anything because you are feeling nausea and are vomiting if you are force-fed.
Even when your symptoms are not severe, you must see the doctor if you have painful urination, a pus discharge from the vagina, or bleeding without menstruation. These symptoms can also reflect the presence of any other Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD). When you feel these symptoms, you must stop having sex and visit the doctor on priority.
What can happen if Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) is not treated?
If Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) is not treated for a long time, it can cause serious health problems, and can even be life-threatening. It can cause pelvic pain that can last for months and even years scarring your pelvic organs. A study on young women of age between 20 and 24 found that among females with PID, 18% experience severe abdominal pain, 8.5% suffer from ectopic pregnancies, and 16.8% suffer from infertility problems.
Some severe complications caused by untreated PID are:
Tubal (ectopic) pregnancy: Your fallopian tubes can cause scarred tissue which prevents the fertilized egg from moving further for implantation in the uterus. As a result, the egg gets implanted in the fallopian tubes itself causing ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancy often causes massive bleeding which can be life-threatening. According to one study, 7.8% of PID cases lead to tubal pregnancy.
Tubo-ovarian abscess (TOA): PID can cause an abscess or a deposit of pus in your fallopian tubes and ovaries. The abscess has a defined boundary within which it is contained but if this abscess with pus ruptures then it can cause sepsis and can become dangerous to your life. In 15% of the PID cases admitted in the USA hospitals, TOA is reported. Patient who shows possibility of developing TOA has to be immediately hospitalized.
Infertility: Even after treating PID once, it can occur again. The occurrence of PID more than once can even lead to infertility. Symptomatic or not, repeated PID can damage the Fallopian Tubes to such an extent that fertility is lost. Reoccurrence of PID can damage your vital reproductive organs resulting in infertility so you would not able to conceive a child.
How is Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) Diagnosed?
If you are suffering from most of the common PID symptoms, then visit a doctor and get yourself diagnosed through imaging tests. The doctor probe about the history of your sexual activity, and history of sexually transmitted diseases. If you are using any medicine or method for birth control. You should honestly support the probing as this information can help the doctor understand your case better. Tell your doctor all the symptoms you are experiencing. Upon the understanding of your case, you would be recommended some tests for diagnostics. The various test required to ascertain or rule out possibility of PID are given below.
Blood & Urine tests: These tests are usually recommended by doctors to look for the signs of any sexually transmitted infections like HIV or any other infections that are marked by a disturbance in the count of white blood cells. Often, a positive result of pregnancy test in women is not sufficient to be assured of a normal or healthy conception and thus, the level of human chorionic gonadotropin (β-hCG) is also tested to check the possibility of elevation in WBC count which can reflect abnormality. A urine pregnancy test can reveal the adnexal tenderness and febrile instability in which case, a pelvic examination is needed.
Ultrasound: Transvaginal ultrasound can provide images of the infected area and help detect the presence of a pelvic mass. However, mere ultrasound is not enough as it can also show the growth which could be benign and does not need treatment. Thus, more test procedures are recommended to confirm the presence of PID.
Laparoscopic examination: It is a form of a minor surgical treatment in which a camera is inserted deep into your abdomen by making two small cuts to take internal images and cut out tissue samples for further examination.
Endometrial biopsy: In this procedure, a tube is inserted into your uterus to take out a tissue sample which is then tested for the signs of pathogenic infection.
Around 30% of the PID patients do not feel the symptom of fever and show normal results from a regular laboratory assessment. This can be misleading and you may never know that you have PID till it gets severe. The best way to know if you are infected is by checking if the C-Reactive Protein (CRP) level is elevated. Any clinical suspicion raised from this rating must be followed by advanced imaging techniques like laparoscopy and endometrial biopsy.
Coping with PID
Knowing that you have PID can be very stressful both for you and your partner. So, do seek out support from your family so you can better deal with the anxiety. The pain will be another concern which can make you nervous, and thus, it is important that your partner supports you throughout the treatment process.
Typical Cases of PID
Christina, 24 years, Gurgaon
Christina was a 24-year-old female who had three sex partners and did not use contraceptives. She faced an irregular menstrual cycle which she ignored but when she had abnormal bleeding and pain in the lower abdomen, she visited the doctor. Upon examination, no pathological infection was discovered in the vagina. The transvaginal ultrasound showed normal uterus and no inflammatory markers. However, there was a solid mass discovered in the pelvic region that was growing day by day.
Maya, 31 years, Pune
A 31-year-old woman, Maya, visited the doctor for pelvic pain relief. She was trying to get pregnant with her husband and used no contraceptives recently. She had no history of STI or any chronic ailment. Even her menstrual cycle was regular. However, once examined, her pelvic pain was found to be a result of inflammation and she was treated for PID using antibiotics.
Neha, 32 years, Chandigarh
Neha, a 32-year-old female, was admitted to the hospital when she had a low-grade fever and pelvic pain. With no previous history of STI and normal uterus, right ovary and no pus was discovered in the pouch. However, when laparoscopy was used for diagnosis some mass was discovered in the left corner of the uterus and further tests confirmed the presence of PID.
The evaluation of cases like Christina, Maya, and Neha suggest that in most instances, abdominal pain can turn out to be a case of PID and hence, must not in any case be ignored or taken lightly. If you are facing severe pain in your lower abdomen, do get yourself checked by a specialist doctor. Among the causing factors, the most common are sex with multiple partners and unprotected sex. These factors can put you to risk of other types of STI as well and thus, must be avoided to prevent yourself from facing one.
Homeopathy is a safer, better, and less painful treatment for PID
Treatment of PID can be much less painful with homeopathy because it is gentle, natural, and safe. Homeopathic medicines boost the body’s natural defense mechanism to fight with the pathogens and clear up the infection naturally. There is an excellent scope of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease treatment with homeopathy. A systematic homeopathic treatment can help you get rid off your PID and associated ailments. Here are the top homeopathic medicines that are effective for the treatment of PID.
It is an excellent homeopathy medicine for PID treatment naturally. It is often prescribed by a homeopathic doctor when you experience pain in the lower abdomen or pelvic area with a bearing down sensation. And you have a yellowish or greenish vaginal discharge.
Merc Sol is a highly effective homeopathy medicine for PID treatment which involves excessive vaginal discharge. The symptoms include pungent and itchy discharges from the vagina. The discharge also comes with a burning sensation there. The discharge may be purulent (containing pus), yellow or green which worsens upon urination. There can also be a pulling uterine pain or a stinging ovarian pain
Phosphorus is an effective homeopathy medicine for treatment of PID with bleeding from the uterus between periods. The bleeding is usually excessive leading to severe weakness. This may be accompanied by ovarian pain (specifically left-sided), felt mostly during menses. Leucorrhoea- whitish or yellowish discharge of the mucous from the vagina along with a weak sensation in the abdomen may be present too.
Sabina Officinalis is an effective homeopathy medicine for treatment of PID accompanied with heavy menstrual flow. The periods are profuse and the bleeding is bright red coloured with dark clots in it. There may be a pain in the sacral back (lower back and hip) extending to the tubes. This remedy is also used for inflammation of the uterus and ovaries that may occur after childbirth or abortion.
Medorrhinum is used when there is excruciating pain during menses in the pelvic area along with ovarian pains. The menstrual blood flow may be excessive, dark, and offensive. There can be pungent or fish-like odor from vaginal discharge in some cases.
Kreosotum is effective in treatment for PID when there is pain during intercourse along with a burning sensation in the genitalia. It is also useful in case there is bleeding after intercourse. There may also be itchiness and leucorrhoea which can worsen in-between menses and stain the clothes in yellow.
It is not easy to communicate when you have problems in your private parts or something that could be related to sexual activity. Women often refrain from raising concerns and are willing to bear pain thinking that it would go away automatically. Be it ignorance, carelessness, or inhibition; if you ignore the signs and do not see the doctor immediately, you are likely to suffer much more damage in the future. So, be careful and observant of the symptoms like lower abdominal pain and abnormal vaginal discharge. If you find any of these symptoms, act fast enough so you can avoid much more complexities in the future.
Disclaimer: Please don’t consume these medicines without the prescription of an expert homeopath. The list above is not a comprehensive list of medicines. An expert homeopath, prescribes combination of medicines on the basis of your case and various symptoms pertaining to the same.
Compiled by - Dr. Sanchita Dharne / BHMS, MSc (Applied Psychology)
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