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Ladies guide to healthy living

health-and-fitness Updated: Dec 09, 2011 19:03 IST

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Most women don’t even know if they have PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease). It is an infection of the female reproductive organs.

If you have constant fever of about 99- 100° F, painful urination, abnormal vaginal discharge, pain in the upper right abdomen, irregular periods and painful sex, you may be suffering from pelvic inflammatory disease.

Most cases of PID are caused by bacteria that infect pelvic organs (cervix, fallopian tube, ovaries, uterus). PID is also a cause of infertility in women.

PID has a wide variety of symptoms, but is not easy to diagnose since some women can be very ill and have severe pain, fever and nausea, while some can have no obvious symptoms.

WomenSome common symptoms of PID include abdominal pain, back pain, abnormal uterine bleeding, irregular menstrual bleeding, unusual or heavy vaginal discharge, painful urination and painful sexual intercourse. The symptoms may be worse at the end of a menstrual period and during the first several days following a period.

There is no over-the-counter treatment for PID. The treatment generally involves antibiotic therapy. And the earlier it starts, less the risk of serious complications.

If left untreated, PID may require hospitalisation. The choice of antibiotics depends on which bacterium is causing the infection. You must continue taking all the medicines even if your symptoms go away. This ensures that your infection is fully cured.

However, antibiotic treatment does not reverse any damage that has already occurred to the reproductive organs. Besides the antibiotic therapy, a proper diet enhanced with the appropriate supplements not only aids in greater relief but also promotes speedy recovery, while healing damaged tissues.

To combat inflammation, your diet should include bioflavonoids found in fruits and vegetables, and extracts such as boswellia, ginger, turmeric, flaxseeds which have an anti-inflammatory effect.

Patients should avoid eating raw foods like salads since the risk of secondary infection is high. Consume warm soups and cooked vegetables.

Intake of protein- rich foods such as milk and milk products, chicken, fish, beans and pulses, and foods rich in vitamins A, C, E such as dark and bright coloured vegetables, is important to boost the patient’s immunity.

Dr. Anjali Mukerjee, Nutritionist and Founder, Director - Health Total