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Endometritis

AMBULATORY CARE:

Endometritis

is inflammation of the lining of your uterus. This condition commonly occurs after a woman gives birth. It may also occur in women who are not pregnant. Infection is the most common cause.

Female Reproductive System

Common signs and symptoms:

  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Fever
  • Increased and foul-smelling vaginal discharge
  • Pain in your lower abdomen or perineum (area between your vagina and anus)
  • Pain during sex

Call your doctor if:

  • You feel lightheaded or you have fainted.
  • You have vaginal bleeding that is not your monthly period.
  • Your symptoms become worse, even after you start treatment with medicine.
  • You have a fever.
  • Your symptoms come back after treatment.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

How endometritis is diagnosed:

Your healthcare provider will examine you. He or she may do a pelvic exam and check for other problems that could be causing your symptoms. You may also need any of the following:

  • Blood tests are used to check for an infection.
  • Samples of your urine, blood, or vaginal discharge may be taken to check for an infection. Tissue may be taken from your uterus to be tested.
  • A vaginal ultrasound uses sound waves to show pictures of the inside of your uterus (womb) and ovaries. A small tube is placed into your vagina. Pictures are seen on a monitor.
  • CT scan pictures may be taken of uterus. You may be given contrast liquid before the pictures are taken to help healthcare providers see the pictures better. Tell the healthcare provider if you have ever had an allergic reaction to contrast liquid.
  • Hysteroscopy is done to look at the lining of your uterus. A small scope with a light and camera is placed into your vagina and cervix. Liquid or gas may be put through the scope to help healthcare providers see better. A sample of tissue from your womb may also be taken during this test.

How endometritis is treated or prevented:

  • Antibiotics fight or prevent an infection caused by bacteria. If you are pregnant, antibiotics may be given before you deliver.
  • Evacuation is done to remove the tissues left in your womb after giving birth or an abortion.
  • Needle aspiration may be needed to drain an abscess in your abdomen. A needle may be placed through your abdomen or vagina and used to remove the pus.
  • Surgery may also be done to remove pus and infected tissue.

Follow up with your doctor or gynecologist as directed:

You may need to return for tests to make sure that your infection is gone. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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