Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is well-treated using naturopathic medicine.

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an infection of the female reproductive organs that often occurs when sexually transmitted bacteria spreads from your vagina to your uterus and upper genital tract through unsafe sexual practices, intrauterine device (IUD) insertion, childbirth, miscarriage, abortion or endometrial biopsy.

Although often asymptomatic, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) can cause scar tissue and abscess (collections of infected fluid) development in the fallopian tubes and damage your reproductive organs, resulting in infertility, ectopic pregnancy (implantation of the fertilized egg outside of the uterus) or chronic pelvic pain.

Seek professional healthcare if you experience symptoms of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), or the following signs and symptoms of sexually transmitted infection:

  • Genital sores or rash
  • Odorous vaginal discharge
  • Painful urination
  • Bleeding between menstrual cycles

Seek emergency medical care if you have severe pain in your low abdomen in conjunction with:

  • Vomiting
  • Fever with a temperature higher than 38.3°C (101° F)
  • Signs of shock (e.g., fainting)

Symptoms of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

Possible symptoms of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) include:

  • Pain in your lower abdomen and pelvis
  • Heavy, malodorous vaginal discharge
  • Irregular menstrual bleeding
  • Pain during urination or sexual intercourse
  • Low back pain
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • Fever or fatigue

Treatment of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) at Toronto Centre for Naturopathic Medicine

At Toronto Centre for Naturopathic Medicine, the goals of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) treatment are to reduce intensity of pain and other symptoms, resolve infection, manage side effects of conventional medications and prevent recurrence.

Conventional treatment for pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is primarily antibiotics, which if used long-term may have side effects.

For this reason, you may choose to try natural treatment to possibly avoid use of antibiotics, or together with antibiotics in order to decrease antibiotics dosage required to manage your pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) symptoms.

Naturopathic treatment of any chronic health concern must be recognized as a process that involves:

  • Identifying specific treatment goals
  • Development by your naturopathic doctor, of a thorough understanding of all factors affecting your health, including physical, psychological, emotional and lifestyle factors
  • Development of a comprehensive treatment plan
  • Implementation and maintenance of that plan through periodic monitoring and adjustment

At Toronto Centre for Naturopathic Medicine, a typical approach to treating pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) may be to:

  • Identify and address underlying factors in your lifestyle (e.g., unsafe sexual practices, intrauterine device [IUD] use, hygiene practices) that may be contributing to development of infection and causing pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) recurrence
  • Resolve infection by using botanical (herbal) medicines that support immune system activity and act as natural antibiotics
  • Decrease intensity of pain and menstrual symptoms using hydrotherapy or acupuncture
  • Prevent or minimize recurrence by optimizing immune system activity using botanical (herbal) medicines

Where appropriate, a number of therapeutic options are available, to be used alone, or more often in a complementary fashion, including:

Treatments provided by naturopathic doctors and registered massage therapists are covered by most extended healthcare plans.

References

Pelvic inflammatory disease [Internet]. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research; [cited 2010 Jan 29]. Available from: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/pelvic-inflammatory-disease/DS00402.

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