How to Diagnose and Treat Salpingitis
In women, the fallopian tubes carry eggs from the ovaries to the uterus. Salpingitis is a condition in which these tubes become inflamed, typically as a consequence of a bacterial infection. Because salpingitis can cause painful symptoms, lead to infertility, and, in some cases, progress until the infection becomes dangerous, it is critical to recognize the symptoms and seek treatment right away. If you think you might have salpingitis, start with Step 1.
Recognizing the Symptoms of Salpingitis
Understand that women with salpingitis sometimes have no symptoms.In some cases, salpingitis causes no noticeable symptoms. Therefore, you may not discover that you have the condition until your reproductive organs are examined for another reason, such as infertility.
Pay attention to abnormal vaginal discharge.Some vaginal discharge is normal and healthy, but if you notice any changes in the amount, color, consistency, or smell, you should make an appointment with your gynecologist. Heavy or otherwise unusual discharge can indicate infection and a number of reproductive ailments, including salpingitis.
Note any spotting between your periods.If you bleed between your normal menstrual periods, schedule an appointment with your gynecologist. As with abnormal discharge, abnormal bleeding can indicate a number of possible problems, one of which is salpingitis.
- Changes in hormonal birth control can sometimes cause spotting between periods. If you have recently started a new birth control pill or gotten an intrauterine device (IUD), that may be the reason for your spotting. It is probably safe to wait a few months to see if the issue resolves itself, especially if you have no other symptoms of salpingitis.
Talk to your doctor about painful menstrual periods.Most women experience some degree of cramping before and during their periods, but if yours are especially painful, schedule an appointment with your doctor. Very painful menstrual periods (also called dysmenorrhea) can sometimes be caused by salpingitis (as well as by endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, fibroid tumors, and other conditions). See your gynecologist for a complete exam.
- This symptom is especially concerning if your menstrual periods were not always so uncomfortable. If the pain is new or has increased dramatically in severity, you should definitely consider it a warning sign that something is wrong. Seek treatment as soon as possible.
Take abdominal pain seriously.Some women with salpingitis have noticeable abdominal pain, which can range in severity from mild to severe. This pain may be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
Factor in urinary problems.Salpingitis can cause the urethra to swell (this condition is known as urethritis). As a result, you may experience painful or frequent urination, and you may feel like you have a urinary tract or bladder infection.
Discuss painful ovulation with your doctor.Many healthy women experience some pain or discomfort when they ovulate (this condition is sometimes called “mittelschmerz”). If you begin experiencing this problem suddenly, or if it occurs in conjunction with other symptoms, make an appointment with your gynecologist.
Monitor your back pain.Back pain can occur for many reasons, but if yours becomes severe, or if you have any other troubling symptoms, you should see a doctor. Some women with salpingitis experience lower back pain.
Watch for fevers.When salpingitis leads to a serious infection, it can cause fevers and chills. If you have a fever along with other symptoms of salpingitis, you should see a doctor immediately.
- In some women, this fever is accompanied by back pain that shoots down the legs. If you experience this symptom, seek treatment immediately and mention it to your doctor.
Know that symptoms might come and go.Women with salpingitis often notice that their symptoms appear during certain parts of the menstrual cycle – frequently after their periods.
Understanding the Causes of Salpingitis
Understand that most cases of salpingitis are caused by bacteria.In 90% of all cases, a bacterial infection is to blame. This bacteria can be sexually transmitted (as with chlamydia or gonococcal, the bacteria that causes gonorrhea), but that’s not always the case. Other bacteria that frequently cause salpingitis are:
Note that viral infections can also cause salpingitis.Less commonly, salpingitis can be caused by a virus.
Know that salpingitis is often connected with pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).In some cases, PID can begin an infection or inflammation in other reproductive organs, then spread to the fallopian tubes, causing salpingitis. PID involves any inflammation and infection in the reproductive organs, and it’s very common – more than a million women in the United States experience it each year.
Recognize the role of certain medical procedures in causing salpingitis.Medical procedures themselves aren’t to blame for salpingitis, but some of them are responsible for introducing bacteria through the cervix and into the uterus and fallopian tubes. Laparoscopy, uterine and endometrial biopsies, and dilatation and curettage (D&C) procedures can all do this, as can the insertion of an intrauterine device (IUD).
Consider the role of pregnancy.Abortion, miscarriage, and childbirth can all introduce bacteria through the cervix and into the reproductive organs. This bacteria can cause salpingitis. If you have any of the symptoms above and have recently been pregnant (no matter what the outcome of that pregnancy was), you should definitely talk to your doctor as soon as possible.
Make an appointment with your gynecologist.If you have any reason to think you may have salpingitis (or pelvic inflammatory disease or another reproductive ailment), you should see a gynecologist as soon as possible. Provide a complete medical history and a detailed account of your symptoms.
Have a pelvic exam.Your gynecologist will probably start by performing a standard pelvic exam to check for abnormal discharge, pain or tenderness, and other signs of inflammation. He or she will use a speculum to view the cervix and may perform a pap test to check for signs of cervical cancer.
Get blood work.Your doctor may want to check your blood for various indicators of infection. A white blood cell count, for example, will help determine whether infection is present.
Pursue other testing recommended by your doctor.Individual circumstances vary, but your doctor may want to perform other diagnostic tests. He or she may test your urine, for example, or perform other tests to view your reproductive organs.
Consider laparoscopy.Depending on the severity of your symptoms and the results of other tests, your doctor may recommend laparoscopy – a medical procedure in which a device is inserted into the fallopian tubes through an abdominal incision. A laparoscopy will allow your doctor to see the fallopian tubes in detail.
Get a specific diagnosis.If your doctor decides that your fallopian tubes are infected and inflamed, he or she will diagnose you with salpingitis. If possible, he or she should determine the cause. Salpingitis is further divided into two basic categories: acute and chronic.
- Acute salpingitis is a more severe attack, in which the fallopian tubes become swollen and inflamed; they may secrete fluid and stick to the intestines or other organs, and they may fill with pus.
- Chronic salpingitis is a lower-level inflammation, which often follows an acute episode. The infection is milder, but it also lasts longer.
Understand that it can sometimes be difficult to accurately diagnose salpingitis.Some women are mistakenly diagnosed with cysts, endometriosis, or other problems before it becomes clear that the fallopian tubes are inflamed. You may have to be persistent. If your doctor thinks you have something else, but you doubt the diagnosis (or still have symptoms after treatment), get a second opinion.
Take antibiotics.As a first course of action, your doctor will probably prescribe antibiotics to fight the infection. For most women with salpingitis (around 85%), antibiotics alone can successfully eliminate the problem.
Consider hospitalization.In more severe cases, your doctor may recommend that you enter the hospital. While there, you can receive fluids and antibiotics intravenously (through a needle in your arm).
Discuss the possibility of surgery in severe cases.Most women are successfully treated with antibiotics, but in some cases, surgery does become necessary. Your doctor will recommend surgery if there are abscesses on your fallopian tubes that must be drained. In a small number of cases, you may also need a salpingectomy – the removal of damaged fallopian tubes.
- If your salpingitis is related to a larger case of pelvic inflammatory disease, you may wind up undergoing a complete hysterectomy along with a salpingo-oophorectomy. In such cases, a surgeon will remove your uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes.
Treat sexual partners if necessary.If your salpingitis is traced to a sexually transmitted infection like chlamydia or gonorrhea, your recent sexual partners should be tested and treated. Keep in mind that these partners may be infected even if they have no symptoms.
Are co-amoxilline and meroxicam effective for the treatment of salpingitis?
- Some people use the word “salpingitis” as a synonym for pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), but in fact, the two conditions are different. PID is a general term referring to inflammation and infection in the female reproductive organs; salpingitis is a specific term that refers to inflammation and infection in the fallopian tubes.
- Women with salpingitis are at an increased risk for ectopic pregnancies – pregnancies in which the fertilized egg implants outside of the uterus, in the fallopian tube. Ectopic pregnancies are life-threatening emergencies, so your doctor should monitor you closely during future early pregnancies.
- One way to minimize your risk of salpingitis is to engage in safer sex – use latex condoms whenever possible to limit the risk of sexually transmitted infections.
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