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Is Pelvic Infection A Progressive Disease & Alternative Treatments For It?

Pelvic infections are caused as a result of sexually transmitted diseases majorly through gonorrhea or chlamydia or both with constant progression when not diagnosed and treated early. 12

Herbal medicines have shown significant results in the treatment of the infection besides supporting the immune system and acting as natural antibiotics. 3

The intensity of the pain and menstrual systems can be managed through hydrotherapy and acupuncture that can improve sexual function and urinary function. 4

Is Pelvic Infection A Progressive Disease?

Is Pelvic Infection A Progressive Disease?

pelvic infection is the most common complication of sexually transmitted disease caused by several bacteria and microorganisms that inhabit the vagina. In general, the bacteria are present in small concentrations to protect vaginal health and preventing infections from other bacteria. But in some instances, they (Gardnerella vaginalis, Haemophilus influenzae, and Streptococcus agalactiae) grow enormously and develop infections.

In some cases, infections are polymicrobial, meaning pathologic manifestations induced by the presence of multiple microorganisms with increasing frequency. The symptoms should be identified and treated immediately before they progress to severe complications.

Risk factors include multiple sexual partners, sexually active females of childbearing age, smoking, and illicit drug use. Some studies show that douching double a woman’s risk of upper genital tract infection. 1,2

Alternative Treatments For Pelvic Infection

Pelvic infection patients may or may not have symptoms, however, when symptoms occur, they can cause the following signs and symptoms

When comes to treatment options, your doctor generally suggests for awareness and prevention techniques to avoid recurrent episodes of pelvic infections. This includes barrier methods of birth control, rapid diagnosis, and effective treatment. 3

Drug therapies used in combination with antibiotics are the most common method of treating pelvic inflammatory disease. But most people look for complementary and alternate therapies to be used in conjunction with conventional medical interventions.

Increase Your Intake Of Nutrition And Supplements – Preservatives, dairy, and glutens are food allergens to pelvic infections. So, your healthcare provider may suggest for food sensitivity test and advise food intakes. Eating calcium-rich and anti-oxidants foods can improve your nutritional deficiencies and help reduce inflammation

Electrotherapy And Hydrotherapy – Hydrotherapy sessions might help to relieve the symptoms of pain and help to stimulate muscles. Clinical studies are being conducted to assess whether a water exercise program improves pain and quality of life in pregnant patients with pelvic infections

Acupuncture –This is an effective complement to pharmacological therapy to reduce inflammation and acute pain. Acupuncture has mild or no side effects and has been found to stimulate blood circulation, improve the permeability of the cellular membranes. 4

Studies have shown that herbs are helpful as well in strengthening and toning the body systems. You can use herbs as dried extracts and incorporate them into your tea.

The pelvic inflammatory disease develops due to the spread of bacteria from vaginal parts and the cervix to the upper genital tract. The condition results in several complications that include ectopic pregnancy, infertility, and acute pelvic pain.

Several models are currently under investigation to determine the effects of gonorrhea or chlamydia or both and their cumulative incidence each year. In several instances, pelvic infections also refer to other specific diseases such as Endometriosis, Salpingitis, Parametritis, Oophorotis, and abscess in the ovarian tubes.


  1. Debiec, Katherine, et al. “Pelvic Inflammatory Disease.” Cancer Therapy Advisor 17 Jan. 2019, www.cancertherapyadvisor.com/home/decision-support-in-medicine/imaging/pelvic-inflammatory-disease
  2. Mitchell, Caroline, and Malavika Prabhu. “Pelvic Inflammatory Disease: Current Concepts in Pathogenesis, Diagnosis and Treatment.”Infectious Disease Clinics of North America U.S. National Library of Medicine, Dec. 2013, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3843151/
  3. “Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID).”Toronto Centre for Naturopathic Medicine 17 Feb. 2020, www.torontonaturopathicmedicine.ca/pelvic-inflammatory-disease-pid
  4. Cheng, Ying, et al. “Acupuncture for Chronic Pelvic Inflammatory Disease: A Systematic Review Protocol.”Medicine Wolters Kluwer Health, Mar. 2018, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5895379/

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Sheetal DeCaria, M.D.
Sheetal DeCaria, M.D.
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Sheetal DeCaria, M.D. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:August 25, 2022

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