Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

Deer Valley OB/GYN

Victor Kissil, DO

Obstetrics and Gynecology located in Phoenix, AZ

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is common, affecting an estimated 1 million women in the United States each year. The condition is often painful, and for many women in and around Phoenix, the care of Victor Kissil, DO, at Deer Valley OB/GYN is a welcome source of relief. If you’re concerned about pelvic pain or other unusual symptoms, schedule a diagnostic exam right away. Online scheduling makes it easy to find a time that fits your busy schedule, or you can simply call to check availability.

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Q & A

What is pelvic inflammatory disease?

Pelvic inflammatory disease is a term used to describe a range of conditions involving inflammation of your reproductive organs. The organs most commonly affected include your cervix, fallopian tubes, ovaries, and uterus. There are many medical issues that cause PID, but STDs like chlamydia and gonorrhea are among the most common.

Additional causes include:

  • Bacterial vaginosis
  • IUD insertion that spreads bacteria to the uterus
  • Recent childbirth or terminated pregnancy
  • High number of sexual partners
  • Recent gynecologic surgery
  • Douching
  • Having sex during or just after menstruation

Anything that introduces bacteria into your upper reproductive organs can cause pelvic inflammatory disease.

What are the symptoms of PID?

Not all women experience symptoms and, when they are present, they share traits with symptoms of various other conditions. That can make it hard to properly diagnose pelvic inflammatory disease, which can in turn delay treatment.

When symptoms occur, they might involve:

  • Pain in your lower abdomen
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Abnormal vaginal discharge
  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Temperature or heart rate that’s higher than normal

In general, your body sends you signals when something is wrong. Don’t ignore any type of persistent or severe pelvic pain. Treating an infection in the early stages helps prevent serious health issues, including chronic pelvic pain and even infertility.

How is pelvic inflammatory disease treated?

Once Dr. Kissil determines the source of the infection, he devises a treatment plan to relieve symptoms and restore your health. A course of antibiotics is necessary, and it’s critical to complete the entire treatment course. Stopping antibiotics before the prescribed time can lead to a far more serious reinfection.

In some cases where one or more abscesses are present, surgery might be the best treatment option. If Dr. Kissil suspects that your symptoms are caused by ectopic pregnancy or another serious medical condition, additional treatment options are available.

You’ll always be given the details and guidance needed to make an informed decision about your health care. Dr. Kissil is happy to answer any questions you have and explain the pros and cons of various treatment options.

If you notice symptoms of pelvic inflammatory disease, schedule an appointment right away, online or by phone.