Many diseases may seem benign on their own, but can lead to dangerous and painful complications endometritis can cause infertility and damage to the reproductive organs. As such, it’s something that should be taken seriously and handled properly.
Learning about the causes, symptoms and risks associated with endometritis can assist in minimizing risks.
People who suffer from endometritis have to deal with inflammation. This inflammation occurs in the lining of the uterus. While this isn’t life threatening on its own, the complications are troublesome. The good news is that endometritis treatment is very possible and it can respond well to antibiotics.
Causes and Risk Factors of Endometritis
Endometritis information is readily available. Endometritis itself occurs because of outside infections. Essentially, the body becomes infected in some fashion, and in turn, the lining of the uterus becomes inflamed. Infections like chlamydia, gonorrhea and other sexually transmitted infections are all common causes. Other infection causes include tuberculosis and infections that are caused from vaginal bacteria imbalance.
It’s important to know that there are also several risk factors involved. Women who have recently undergone childbirth or a miscarriage will find themselves at an increased risk. This is especially true for women who have been forced to have cesarean section or who have undergone a very long labor during childbirth. It’s easier for women to get infections during these times. Another risk factor is surgeries or procedures which involve the uterus. Bacteria can use the procedure as the method of entering the body and causing the infection.
Symptoms of Endometritis
There are several symptoms that a woman can feel when they are suffering from endometritis. It’s important to speak to a doctor quickly, since it’s quick treatment which makes the biggest difference. Most of the symptoms are in the region of the reproductive organs, which makes sense since the inflammation is around the uterus. Symptoms to look for include:
- Swelling - This swelling occurs in the area of the abdomen.
- Vaginal Bleeding - This is uncertain and abnormal vaginal bleeding without seeming other causes.
- Vaginal Discharge - Specifically, this is odd abnormal vaginal discharge without other causes.
- Bowel Movement Alterations - People with endometritis may find their bowel movements change. Constipation is very common in many people. Some people feel pain and discomfort while they are performing a bowel movement.
- Fever - A general fever is possible and one of the few symptoms that affects other parts of the body.
- Pain - The pain tends to occur in the rectal area, pelvis or in the lower abdomen.
- Unwell Feeling - This symptom is harder to describe, but it’s just a general feeling that a person can feel when they think they may be unwell.
The good news is that treatment of endometritis is very possible. Rounds of antibiotics can be used to get rid of endometritis in most cases. There are sometimes more severe cases in which a person may need to undergo brief periods of hospitalization. Hospitalization tends to simply require antibiotics, IV fluids and some rest. These cases are more likely when endometritis occurs directly after childbirth.
Long term, if people get treated for endometritis early, then there should be few issues as long as it responds to the antibiotics. The problems long term come when there is a lack of treatment. In addition to the problems with potentially damaging reproductive organs, it’s possible to develop septic shock.