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Pelvic Inflammation

Pelvic inflammation or pelvic inflammatory disease is a condition where the woman’s womb, ovaries and fallopian tubes become infected. It is when the bacteria from the cervix or vagina has travelled to the womb. The majority of the time, it is a result of a sexually transmitted disease, such as chlamydia or gonorrhoea. Apart from sexually transmitted diseases, other ways that the bacteria can travel is through childbirth, abortion, miscarriage as well as a biopsy. It is a common condition but is more common in women under 25 and other contributing factors include, unprotected sex, sex with many, different partners, being in a relationship with someone that is having unprotected sex with others or if you have had a history of pelvic inflammation or sexually transmitted diseases. Douching is also not advisable as this can push the bacteria into your vagina.


Sometimes, pelvic inflammation does not cause any symptoms but at other times someone who suffers with this may find it painful urinating, sex may be painful as well as abnormal, thick, vaginal discharge and irregular periods. If it is left untreated, it can lead to more serious problems resulting in infertility.