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Must-Read Before Planning for Pregnancy: Can Patients with Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Safely Become Pregnant?

Pelvic inflammatory disease refers to inflammation of the female reproductive organs, connective tissue around the uterus, and the peritoneum of the pelvic cavity. It is one of the common gynecological diseases in women. Patients may experience persistent lower abdominal pain, increased vaginal discharge, abnormal bleeding, and other symptoms. 

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease and Pregnancy

Most infected women are between the ages of 20 and 35, so whether one can become pregnant while suffering from pelvic inflammatory disease has become a concern for many patients. Let's discuss this in detail.

Can one become pregnant with acute pelvic inflammatory disease?

Patients with acute pelvic inflammatory disease may experience symptoms such as lower abdominal pain, fever, and increased vaginal discharge. The abdominal pain is persistent and can become more severe after sexual intercourse or physical activity. In severe cases, patients may experience chills, high fever, and loss of appetite. 

Therefore, it is often not advisable for patients with acute pelvic inflammatory disease to have sexual intercourse, as it can aggravate the condition and symptoms. Thus, it is best not to plan for pregnancy during the period of illness.

Can one become pregnant with chronic pelvic inflammatory disease?

Chronic pelvic inflammatory disease is often caused by incomplete treatment of acute pelvic inflammatory disease or prolonged illness due to poor physical condition. Although the symptoms of chronic pelvic inflammatory disease are not as obvious as those of acute pelvic inflammatory disease, the prolonged illness can affect the fallopian tubes and endometrium. Inflammation of the endometrium can affect embryo implantation. 

Inflammation in the female reproductive system can affect the combination of sperm and egg. Even if fertilization occurs in the fallopian tubes, it may lead to ectopic pregnancy due to impaired movement. Therefore, it is also best for patients with chronic pelvic inflammatory disease not to plan for pregnancy.

We all know that hormone levels and immunity in women decrease during pregnancy. Therefore, even if a patient is fortunate enough to become pregnant, the inflammation may worsen due to bodily changes during pregnancy. Many medications cannot be used during pregnancy, leading to uncontrolled conditions, which can adversely affect the pregnancy.

In summary, whether it is acute or chronic pelvic inflammatory disease, it is best not to become pregnant during the period of illness. If one desires a healthy pregnancy and baby, it is essential to completely cure the disease before considering pregnancy. For the treatment of acute pelvic inflammatory disease, patients only need to use antibiotics in sufficient doses. 

For the treatment of chronic pelvic inflammatory disease, to prevent antibiotic resistance, patients can use traditional Chinese medicine, such as Fuyan Pill, to improve blood circulation around the pelvis, promote inflammation reduction, and relieve pain, thereby eliminating the infection at its root.

Meanwhile, patients should pay attention to personal hygiene. During menstruation, after examinations or surgeries, if there is vaginal bleeding, it is imperative to abstain from sexual intercourse and avoid swimming. During menstruation, it is necessary to frequently change underwear and sanitary pads. 

Daily maintenance of cleanliness and dryness in the perineal area is important, including washing the external genitalia with clean water. If there is excessive vaginal discharge or if it is thick, it is advisable to change underwear frequently and avoid wearing tight-fitting clothes and synthetic fabric underwear. 

Additionally, patients can regularly practice pelvic floor exercises and sit-ups, which can improve blood circulation in the pelvic area and accelerate metabolism.

Pregnancy is a significant event in a woman's life and should not be taken lightly. It is essential to have a gynecological check-up before planning a pregnancy. If any discomfort occurs, it is crucial to actively cooperate with the doctor for treatment. Only after the symptoms are controlled should one consider planning for pregnancy, as it is safer.

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