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What is Uterus Inflammation?

By Meshell Powell
Updated May 17, 2024
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Uterus inflammation, medically known as endometritis, is a medical condition that can affect females of all ages, although it is more common during a woman's childbearing years. This can be caused by medical conditions such as tuberculosis, sexually transmitted infections, or abnormal mixtures of normal vaginal secretions. Some potential symptoms that may indicate the presence of uterine inflammation include fever, fatigue, or lower abdominal pain. Some women may also experience abnormal vaginal discharge or bleeding. Treatment often includes the use of prescription antibiotics as well as increasing fluid intake and getting plenty of rest.

Sexually transmitted infections such as gonorrhea or chlamydia are common causes of uterus inflammation. These infections can typically be diagnosed at a routine trip to the gynecologist. Treatment for these infections often includes the use of antibiotics. These antibiotics may be prescribed as an oral medication or, in some cases, injections may be given in the doctor's office.

The development of uterus inflammation may occur as a result of childbirth or medical procedures involving the uterus. Women who have a long labor or deliver the baby through a c-section are more prone to developing uterus inflammation. Medical procedures involving the uterus increase the risk of infection, which may lead to inflammation of the uterus.

Women with uterus inflammation may notice swelling in the lower abdomen. Fever, fatigue, and a general feeling of being unwell may also be present. Some women may start to notice an unusual vaginal discharge or abnormal vaginal bleeding. Pain or discomfort when having a bowel movement is common with this condition as well, often leading to constipation. Pelvic pain, or pain in the lower abdominal region, is frequently a sign of uterus inflammation.

When inflammation of the uterus is suspected, the doctor may order some tests to confirm the suspected diagnosis. These tests may include blood tests or cultures obtained from the cervix or from vaginal secretions. In some cases, minor surgical procedures such as a biopsy may be necessary in order to confirm the diagnosis.

Oral medications, including antibiotics and pain medications, may be prescribed to treat inflammation of the uterus. If the condition is severe, hospitalization may be necessary so that stronger medications can be delivered through an IV. The patient should be sure to get adequate rest while the body heals. If the inflammation is due to a sexually transmitted infection or disease, all sexual partners need to be notified and treated as well.

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Discussion Comments
By anon953634 — On May 27, 2014

I have an enlarged/inflamed uterus, possibly due to the fibroids that I have. My last surgery was about two years ago now and that's when they found out that I had fibroids. The doctor I had was an idiot, but he told me that he wasn't sure why my uterus was inflamed. He said that it was like I had PID, but I didn't have an infection. I swear it's like pulling teeth to get a doctor to help me anymore. The last one I saw actually laughed at me when I was talking about not knowing what to do. My faith in humanity has diminished to nearly none.

However, I am thankful that the internet exists. If it weren't for my own research, and finding out that fibroids actually do cause swelling, then I'd probably be going insane.

By ZipLine — On Feb 06, 2013

I have an enlarged uterus due to fibroids. They're not cancerous but they cause inflammation and discomfort. I also get cramps and bleeding from time to time. Not to mention that my stomach looks very bloated all the time.

I'm on medications to try to shrink the fibroids. I'm really hoping this works, otherwise, I might have to have them removed.

Is anyone else suffering from an enlarged uterus and fibroids?

By burcinc — On Feb 06, 2013

@MikeMason-- Yes, cervix is the lower part of the uterus. Sometimes only the cervix may be inflamed or the entire uterus including the cervix may be inflamed.

Causes of inflamed cervix is the same as inflamed uterus. The most common cause is infection. Since cervix is the part of the uterus closest to the vagina, sexual activity can also lead to inflammation here.

By stoneMason — On Feb 05, 2013

My doctor said that I have inflammation of cervix. Is this the same condition as uterus inflammation?

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