Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Kills Dreams with Blocked Tubes

Posted on January 26, 2009 @ 2:18 am
by Sandra Wilson

While you may have never heard of it before, pelvic inflammatory disease causes blocked tubes which can cause infertility. That may be the sad diagnosis you receive when trying to figure out why you can’t have a baby. If you haven’t reached that point yet or want to alert other women, then learn what you can through this article and then seek out more information.

The number of women who suffer from this disease is very hard to know. After all, it is called a silent disease because the symptoms can be so mild that no help is sought or a woman doesn’t even show symptoms. Then there are the women with acute pelvic inflammatory disease. The CDC reckons that number at about 1,000,000 a year. How many really suffer from this disease? Who knows? But it is much more than the one million acute sufferers.

While we have no way to know the actual number of women who catch this disease each year, we do know it is more than the one million acute cases. A conservative figure of 12% is given as the amount of these women who end up with blocked tubes and infertility. Just using that on the one million acute cases number, you can see that 120,000 women end up infertile each year. Some authorities give the percentage as 20% which would mean at least 200,000 women. That doesn’t count in all the silent sufferers and to do so would make those numbers very scary indeed. Add to this the infertility chances given to women who go through this for the third time, 50%, and it could make even the stoutest soul cry.

The highest risk group of women for pelvic inflammatory disease is those under 25. This is explained by the fact that the cervix is not fully mature in this age group. The cause of PID is bacteria and other organisms getting through the cervix and entering the upper reproductive organs. This bacteria can be introduced by STIs, by douching and by some gynecological exams or surgeries.

Pelvic inflammatory disease by virtue of the infection and inflammation causes scarring on the reproductive organs affected. This scarring leads to the blocked tubes that leads to infertility. PID can also be the reason behind ectopic pregnancies and abscesses as well as chronic pain. However, it is easily treated with antibiotics even if it is not easily diagnosed. This is why it is so important to get regular exams and to talk to your doctor if anything seems wrong.

Unfortunately for a woman who already had PID and has blocked tubes, this information won’t help much. What recourse do you have now? While your doctor will probably suggest IVF, check out tubal surgery to repair your blocked tubes instead. It is less expensive and doesn’t mess with your body like IVF does. You may discover tubal surgery for blocked tubes is the best action you can take.

In tubal surgery, the bad part of your fallopian tube will be removed. Then depending upon where it is the surgeon will sew together what is left or create a new fimbrial end. In PID many times the fimbrial end is what is scarred. Once the repairs are made and you recover, you can go on to have your child, or children, the natural way. If you research the topic, you will see that tubal surgery has better chance of succeeding than IVF

While you do want to do your best to avoid PID if you can, the second best thing is to catch it early and get treatment. If however you have discovered you are now infertile due to blocked tubes caused by pelvic inflammatory disease, then seek out a tubal surgeon for tubal surgery to remove the blockage.

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