Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) has deprived a lot of women from getting pregnant even in Nigeria
The good news is…
You can learn how to treat PID naturally and take charge of your health and fertility
In this article, I will be sharing with you everything you need to know about the natural PID treatment including the causes and symptoms of PID
- 1 What is PID?
- 2 Causes of PID
- 3 Risk Factors for Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
- 4 Symptoms of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
- 5 Natural Treatment of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease.
- 6 Conclusion
- 7 Now It’s Your Turn
What is PID?
Pelvic inflammatory disease, often called PID is one of the major causes of infertility in women. PID is an infection of the female reproductive organs, including the womb, fallopian tubes and the ovaries.
What usually happen is that bacteria enters into the vagina to cause an infection, as time goes on, this infection can spread into the pelvic organs (which include the uterus, fallopian tubes and the ovaries) and damage the pelvic organs beyond repair.
Pelvic Inflammatory disease may be described as acute or chronic
Acute PID comes on suddenly and are often more severe, while chronic PID is a second-rate infection that may cause only mild pain and sometimes backache.
When pelvic inflammatory disease occurs, it can cause inflammation of the:
- uterus lining (endometrium)
- fallopian tubes
- tissue around the uterus
- peritoneum: the inside lining of the abdomen
In addition, abscesses (pocket of pus or fluid caused by the infection), can also develop in the ovaries and fallopian tubes
It is important to take measures against PID on time as it can become extremely dangerous or even life threatening especially when it spreads into the blood.
Causes of PID
The major cause of PID is bacteria.
Usually, the cervix is meant to prevent bacteria that enters the vagina from spreading in to the pelvic organs.
However, when the cervix is exposed to certain bacteria including the same bacteria that cause the sexually transmitted infections (STIs) gonorrhea and chlamydia, the cervix itself will then become infected and wont be able to perform its work of preventing bacteria from travelling into the pelvic organs.
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease occurs when the bacteria travels unrestricted from the vagina through the cervix to the upper genital tract.
Generally, the following are causes of PID
Sexually transmitted Infections (STIs)
About 25% of PID cases are caused by STIs especially chlamydia and gonorrhea.
PID caused by chlamydia is the most common and it often has no symptoms making it difficult to diagnose.
Bacterial Vaginosis (BV):
This is one of the major causes of Vaginal Infection popularly referred to as Toilet Infection in Nigeria.
Bacterial vaginosis is a situation in which the good bacteria in the vagina becomes low and unable to balance the bad bacteria in the vagina. When this happens, the bad bacteria can spread into the uterus and fallopian tubes to cause PID.
In other words, untreated toilet infection (vaginal infection) can cause pelvic inflammatory disease
When there is infection in the vagina or the cervix is infected, inserting an IUD at that point in time can cause PID.
Some other causes of PID include
- Damage to the cervix as a result of abortion, childbirth or miscarriage
- Procedure that involves the opening of the cervix such as abortion, inspection of the womb etc.
Risk Factors for Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Any woman can get PID, but it is more likely you get it if you:
- are having more than one sexual partner
- have a new sexual partner
- are having sex without a condom
- are douching
- have a history of STIs
- have had PID in the past
- are under 25
- started having sex at a young age
How to Lower the Risk of PID
You can lower your risk of PID by:
- practicing safe sex
- going for test to rule out sexually transmitted infections
- avoiding douches
- making sure you wipe from front to back after using the bathroom to prevent bacteria from entering your vagina
Symptoms of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Some women with pelvic inflammatory disease don’t have symptoms. For the women who do have symptoms, these can include:
- dull and crampy or constant pain in the lower abdomen (the most common symptom). This pain may get worse during bowel movement, when you are urinating or during sexual intercourse.
- pain in the lower back which sometimes spreads down one or both legs.
- heavy periods/painful periods
- painful sex
- burning or pain when you urinate.
- bleeding after sex and between periods (irregular menstrual bleeding)
- increased, foul smelling or unusual vaginal discharge especially discharge that is yellow, brown, or green
- A feeling of pressure in the pelvis
However, some women becomes ill with symptoms such as:
- severe pain in the lower abdomen
- nausea and vomiting
- a high temperature (fever)
If you don’t treat your PID, your symptoms can worsen and lead to problems, such as:
- Infertility: inability to conceive a child
- Ectopic pregnancy: pregnancy that occurs outside the womb
- Fallopian tube blockage
- Chronic pelvic pain: pain in the lower abdomen caused by scarring of the fallopian tubes and other pelvic organs
- Tubo-ovarian and pelvic abscess
- Frozen pelvis
- Fitz Hugh Curtis syndrome
- Septicaemia (Infection of the blood)
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Heart Attack
The longer treatment is delayed, the more likely you are to have permanent damage. Early diagnosis and treatment is important especially for the preservation of fertility
Natural Treatment of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease.
In order to cure PID naturally, a comprehensive treatment approach is usually adopted.
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Dietary Recommendations for PID
- Get rid of food that can promote inflammation such as dairy, wheat (gluten), corn, soy, preservatives, and food additives
- Take more of calcium-rich foods, cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, spinach, kale etc.
- Antioxidant rich foods such as fruits and vegetables should be your friend
- Avoid eating fast foods and refined foods, such as white breads, sugar.
- Cook with healthy oils such as coconut oil and olive oil
- Eliminate trans fatty acids often found in processed foods
- Avoid coffee, alcohol, and tobacco.
- Drink more of filtered water daily.
Supplements for PID treatment
A daily dosage of multivitamin containing good amount of antioxidants such as Vitamin A, B-complex, C, and E with essential minerals such as Calcium, magnesium, zinc and selenium is required.
Omega 3 Fatty acid
This compounds are effective in reducing inflammation. Take 1 to 2 capsule of fish oil on daily basis.
This compound is for maintenance of gastrointestinal and immune health. There is no way a weakened immune system can ward off infections and inflammatory disease.
Herbal Remedies for PID treatment
The following are home remedies for PID
Baking Soda for PID treatment
Baking soda also known as bicarbonate of soda or sodium bicarbonate is an alkali that has antimicrobial properties which may protect body from infections making it effective in the natural treatment of pelvic inflammatory disease.
It alkalizes the colon and other organs of the body thereby eliminating infection and other parasitic organisms.
Directions for use
Get a glass half filled with water, then add 1/2 spoon of baking soda with a full spoon of psyllium fiber. Drink daily for about 10 days.
Please note that baking soda is different from baking powder
This is one of the most powerful immune boosting herbs relevant for the treatment of inflammation.
Dosage is 150 to 300 mg, 2 to 3 times daily, High doses of reishi may act as Antiplatelet (blood thinning medication) and increase bleeding in sensitive individuals
An enzyme found in pineapple juice and pineapple stem. Bromelain is highly effective in reduction of inflammation.
Dosage is 40mg, 3 times daily. Bromelain may also act as Antiplatelet (blood thinning medication) and increase bleeding in sensitive individuals
Its antibacterial, anticancer and anti-inflammatory properties makes olive leaf suitable for the natural treatment of PID. Dosage: standardized extract of 250 to 500 mg, 1 to 3 times daily. Olive leaf tends to reduce blood sugar and blood pressure.
You may avoid using it if you have low blood sugar or low blood pressure
Garlic, lemon and thyme Tea for PID Treatment
Garlic is an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent, thyme is a germ killer and it fights of bacterial and fungal infections while lemon is effective against various forms of infection, internal bleeding, inflammation among others.
Directions for use
Chop about 5 bulbs of garlic, squeeze out the juice from a fresh lemon and add handful of thyme leaf. Put everything together in a teapot, add about 2 cups of water and boil. Drink this tea 2 to 3 times a day for two weeks.
Castor oil packs
Castor oil packs are effective in reducing inflammation, cramping and pain. For effectiveness, use castor oil for 3 days consecutively after which you take a day off before continuing.
Make sure you don’t have sexual relations until you complete your treatment. If at all you must have, then you should use condom Otherwise, there is a risk that the infection will come back
There is no doubt that pelvic inflammatory disease is a major health problem in Nigeria and the world at large. A whole lot of women have fertility issues because of PID. Preventing it, early diagnosis and proper treatment will definitely prevent serious complications from arising.
At this point, one may ask, does PID only occur in women? The answer is actually YES simply because men don’t have fallopian tubes, ovaries or uterus. However, It is worth noting that while men cannot have PID, they can still contract sexually transmitted infections, including urethritis, orchitis, or prostatitis.
Both partners should be tested for infections and treated accordingly.
Now It’s Your Turn
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