Endometritis

Endometritis is a condition that causes inflammation of the lining of a woman's uterus. The uterus, or womb, a major reproductive organ in women, is where the fetus develops during pregnancy. The lining of the uterus is called the endometrium.

Causes:

Endometritis is caused by infection such as:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Tuberculosis
  • Infections resulting from the mix of normal vaginal bacteria

Endometritis is more likely to occur after childbirth or following a miscarriage, especially after a long labor or cesarean delivery. Any medical procedure that involves entering the uterus through the cervix increases your risk for developing endometritis by providing a pathway for bacteria to enter.

Endometritis can occur at the same time as other infections in the pelvic area, such as cervicitis (inflammation of the cervix). These infections may or may not cause symptoms of their own.

Symptoms:

Endometritis typically causes the following symptoms:

  • Abdominal swelling
  • Abnormal bleeding from the vagina
  • Abnormal discharge from the vagina
  • Constipation or discomfort when having a bowel movement
  • Fever
  • General feeling of sickness
  • Pain in the pelvis or lower abdominal area

Risk Factors:

All women have a normal mix of bacteria in their vagina. The risk of endometritis increases when this natural mix of bacteria changes after a life event. It is more likely to occur after the following events:

  • Miscarriage
  • Childbirth, especially following a long labor or a cesarean delivery
  • Medical procedures that involve entering the uterus through the cervix, such as
    • Hysteroscopy
    • Placement of an intrauterine device (IUD)
    • Dilation and curettage (uterine scraping)

Complications:

  • Infertility
  • Pelvic peritonitis (generalized pelvic infection)
  • Pelvic or uterine abscess formation
  • Septicemia
  • Septic shock

Homoeopathic medicines used in endometriosis are geared towards altering the activity of the ovaries and therefore slow down the growth of the endometrial tissue. Homeopathic medicines possibly depress the over-secretion of estrogen by the endometrial tissue. These medicines are unique in the respect that they can act as immune-modulators and possibly enhance the action of the immune system in clearing away the irritating factors in endometriosis. Homeopathy is recommended as a supportive line of treatment in the cases of endometriosis.

 
 

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