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Endometritis

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Endometritis is inflammation of the lining of your uterus.

Female Reproductive System

WHILE YOU ARE HERE:

Informed consent

is a legal document that explains the tests, treatments, or procedures that you may need. Informed consent means you understand what will be done and can make decisions about what you want. You give your permission when you sign the consent form. You can have someone sign this form for you if you are not able to sign it. You have the right to understand your medical care in words you know. Before you sign the consent form, understand the risks and benefits of what will be done. Make sure all your questions are answered.

Antibiotics

may be given to fight or prevent an infection caused by bacteria. If you are pregnant, antibiotics may be given before you deliver.

Tests:

  • 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.

Treatment:

  • 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.

RISKS:

Your condition may get worse and become chronic (long-term), even with treatment. Left untreated, heavy vaginal bleeding may cause blood clots to form. You may have trouble getting pregnant. The infection may spread to other nearby organs and form abscesses. It may also cause abnormal vaginal bleeding, sepsis (severe blood infection), and may be life-threatening.

CARE AGREEMENT:

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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