Fever as a symptom of pelvic inflammation | Symptoms of pelvic inflammatory disease

Fever as a symptom of pelvic inflammation

Fever is a typical accompanying symptom of various infectious diseases. One of these infectious diseases is pelvic inflammatory disease. Especially in the acute stage of the disease, high fever is not uncommon.

It is accompanied by other symptoms such as a pronounced feeling of illness, nausea and severe abdominal pain. Often, however, an adnexitis is overlooked for a long time, as it does not always lead to such clear symptoms. It can last for a long time and cause only slight pain or a slight rise in temperature.

In this case, one also speaks of subfebrile temperatures, which can reach up to 37.9°C. In the chronic stage, pelvic inflammation does not cause a temperature increase. In case of fever, antipyretic drugs such as paracetamol or ibuprofen can be taken.

Pain in urinating

A possible accompanying symptom of an adnexitis can be a so-called dysuria. This is pain when urinating. This is why an adnexitis is sometimes confused with a bladder infection.

The pain during urination improves as soon as the pelvic inflammatory disease is treated with an antibiotic. In rare cases an untreated pelvic inflammatory disease can lead to a so-called Douglas abscess. A Douglas abscess is an accumulation of pus in the small pelvis.

In this case, pressure on the bladder can also cause problems when urinating. Various bacterial infections of the adnexa can lead to a purulent discharge. A classic example of an infection that causes an outflow is gonorrhoea.

The discharge is usually whitish yellow in colour and has an unpleasant odour. A purulent discharge is more likely to be found in the acute stage of the disease, but can also occur in the chronic stage of the disease. Although a purulent vaginal discharge is a very typical symptom of an infection of the internal genital organs, it does not necessarily have to be present. Many women have no discharge and yet suffer from pelvic inflammation.