Acute or chronic infection of uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, or surrounding tissue by germs which enter through vagina, especially during intercourse, although sometimes infection follows abortion, Miscarriage, or fitting of an IUD. For unknown reasons, the pill appears to protect against PID. Condition is related to frequency of intercourse, and is most common in younger women. It is now known that a considerable proportion of PID is caused by infection by Chlamydia.
Symptoms include early or heavy periods (see Menstrual Problems), profuse and smelly vaginal discharge between periods (see Vaginal and Vulval Problems), Painful Intercourse, and pain in lower abdomen; if infection is acute, pain is likely to be severe and persistent, and temperature higher than normal. Early treatment is essential, since infection can lead to Abscess formation, Peritonitis, and even Blood Poisoning; Infertility is also a risk if delicate membranes of reproductive tract become scarred.
Routinely treated with antibiotics and, if necessary painkillers. Homeopathic treatment is constitutional, designed to boost general resistance to infection; in acute cases, specific remedies given below should relieve pain and inflammation, but if there is no improvement within 24 hours or if temperature suddenly rises, see your medical doctor.
Specific remedies to be taken every 2 hours for up to 10 doses in acute cases
- Sudden onset, mild fever, anxiety, symptoms aggravated by emotional shock or exposure to cold Aconite 30c
- Stinging, burning pains, mainly on right side of abdomen, lack of thirst Apis 30c
- Sudden onset, severe abdominal pain made worse by slightest jarring, face bright red and burning hot Belladonna 30c
- Cramping pains, relieved by doubling up and pressing fists hard into abdomen Colocynth 30c
- Alternate chills and sweats, sweat smells unpleasant, rest makes you feel better Mercurius corr. 30c
Self-help: Rest in bed until symptoms wear off, and refrain from intercourse for 4 weeks.