Pelvic inflammatory disease, abbreviated PID, is a type of infection that targets the female reproductive system. It often develops when bacteria accesses the vagina and spreads to the Fallopian tubes, uterus and the ovaries. This infection is sexually transmitted, and is commonly caused by untreated Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) such as chlamydia and gonorrhea. One is more predisposed to getting PID if they have multiple sexual partners, have had the infection before or an untreated disease.
There is no standard test for PID, and diagnosis is often a combination of physical exam, a look at one’s medical history as well as a host of factors used to rule out the possibilities. Some of the symptoms that accompany PID include pain in the lower abdomen, a peculiar vaginal discharge, bleeding in between periods and a burning sensation during urination. Since this infection is far much spread, it is important to get professional medical attention. If you start experiencing these symptoms, and are aware that your partner had a sexually transmitted disease, get examined by a doctor as soon as possible.
PID is treatable if early diagnosis is made. The most important thing to remember is that the treatment does not change the damage already done on the reproductive tract. The longer the waiting period of treatment, the greater the complications of the same. Some of the complications include scar tissue that may block the Fallopian tubes, ectopic pregnancies (those that occur anywhere else outside the womb) and infertility. While home remedies are available for POD, they should only be used as an adjunct treatment in addition to prescribed treatment.
1. Raw Garlic:
Time Required: 20 Min for prep and 2-3 Hrs for application.
What You Need: 3 Cloves of garlic, 3 teaspoons of olive oil, strainer, cotton wool and warm water to rinse
Raw garlic is best known for its potent antibacterial properties. When applied to the vaginal area in addition to the recommended treatment, the garlic kills the infection-causing bacteria, which in turn helps stem the infection. Garlic is also beneficial because it helps maintain the population of the healthy bacteria and possibly prevent the recurrence of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). Olive oil is required for this remedy as it provides a base medium for the minced garlic. Prepare the remedy by following the steps indicated below.
- Peel and chop the garlic into small pieces.
- You may mince the garlic so that you have a paste as this is easy to fry and use.
- Heat the olive oil in a pan and add the minced garlic.
- Let the garlic fry until it is brown but not charred.
- Strain the mixture so that you are only left with the oil.
- Soak the cotton ball in this oil and then insert it into the vagina.
- Leave the wet cotton wool in place for a couple of hours.
- Remove the cotton wool after at least two hours and then rinse with water.
- It also helps to add garlic to your daily diet for greater effects.
- Repeat this remedy daily until the infection clears even as you follow up with your doctor’s treatment.
2. Baking Soda:
Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: 1 Tablespoon of baking soda and 1 glass of warm water.
Baking soda is one of the most popular home remedies for the natural treatment of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). Best known for its alkaline properties, baking soda helps restore the vagina’s pH values so that they are within range. Often, PID causes acidity in the female reproductive system which in turn presents some of the symptoms associated with the infection. In addition to this, the baking soda aids in the elimination of the harmful bacteria. Prepare this simple remedy as follows.
- Add the baking soda to the glass of water and stir well.
- Drink this solution daily until the infection clears.
3. Probiotic Yogurt:
Time Required: 10 Min prep and 2-3 Hrs application.
What You Need: 1/2 Cup of probiotic yogurt, cotton wool and cold water to rinse.
Probiotic yogurt has long been recommended for a healthy female reproductive system. This is because it contains probiotic and most importantly, live cultures present. The live cultures are essentially the good bacteria that help ward off populations of the bad bacteria and therefore get rid of the infection altogether. Probiotic yogurt also has the advantage of restoring the vagina’s natural pH. Use the remedy as indicated in the simple directions below.
- Place the cotton wool in half a cup of yogurt and soak for a minute.
- Place the wet wool on the vagina and wait for a few hours to allow the remedy’s natural healing properties.
- After a few hours, rinse the vagina with cold water. The cold water not only serves the rinsing purpose, it also helps provide relief from the burning sensation that accompanies PID.
- In addition, take probiotic yogurt on a daily basis to get the benefits of the good bacteria.
4. Get a Massage:
Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: Essential and carrier oils of choice.
Getting a massage that targets the pelvic and abdominal muscles is one of the reliable ways to get relief from the symptoms associated with Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). This is because the massage not only increases the amount of blood flow in the reproductive organs, it also helps relax the muscles. The result is less pain, more relief and speedy healing. If you are not in a position to massage yourself, it is always advisable to get a professional masseuse to do it. You get to use your essential and carrier oils of choice to reduce frictional force during the massage.
- Mix your oils, both the essential and carrier oils. Lavender essential oil and olive oil for example, are a great combination for massaging the abdominal area.
- Lie on the bed face upwards and stretch.
- Apply (have the oil applied depending on whether or not you get professional massage) the oil on the lower abdominal region and massage in gentle circular motions for at least 5 minutes continuously.
- Repeat this about 3 times per session.
- You may massage the oil twice daily until you recover from the infection even as you follow your doctor’s prescribed treatment.
Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: 1 Teaspoon of turmeric powder and 1 glass of warm . Raw honey (optional).
Turmeric is known for its culinary properties, but this is one of the most reliable remedies as far as the natural treatment of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) is concerned. These healing properties are attributed to the herb’s active ingredient known as curcumin. Curcumin is a potent antibacterial that helps get rid of the infection-causing bacteria. In doing so, the herb relieves the infection’s symptoms and plays a key role in boosting the body’s immune system.
- Add 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder to the glass of milk.
- Stir and drink this mixture daily until you get relief from the symptoms of PID.
6. Take a Sitz Bath:
Time Required: 30 Min
What You Neeed: Warm and cold water in a bath tub (alternately) and lavender essential oil.
A sitz bath has long been used to manage the symptoms of different conditions, and Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) is no exception. The purpose of taking two alternate baths is that the sharp contrast provided effortlessly provides relief from the pain and discomfort of the disease. The hot bath helps relax the muscles, while the cold water reduces the burning sensation and pain that accompanies the infection.
- Fill the bathtub with warm water and add lavender essential oil.
- Stir the water to mix well and soak in it to the waist level for about 10 minutes.
- Drain the water and run cold water to replace the hot water.
- Soak in the cold bath for another 10 minutes.
- You may repeat this step once more.
- Enjoy the sitz bath at least once daily.
7. Tea Tree Oil:
Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: 3 Drops of tea tree oil, a small bowl filled with warm water and a soft towel.
Tea tree oil is used to treat PID thanks to its potent antibacterial properties. These healing properties come in handy as they help fight off the bad bacteria while reducing the odor of the vaginal discharge. The latter is one of the most common symptoms of PID, and relief from the symptoms is much needed. Take note that tea tree oil is not meant for internal consumption and must never be used orally as it is toxic to the internal organs. Additionally, you need to dilute the tea tree oil using water as it may cause skin irritation when applied directly.
- Add 3 drops of tea tree oil to the bowl of warm water and mix well.
- Splash the mixture on the vaginal area and rinse well to allow the healing action of the oil.
- Dry the vaginal area well using a soft towel.
- Use this remedy at least once daily until the symptoms are alleviated.
8. Castor Oil:
Time Required: 40 Min
What You Need: A large soft flannel, 3 tablespoons of castor oil, water bath/microwave and clean towel. Plastic wrap (optional).
Castor oil is a potent home arsenal against the infection caused by PID. The oil is rich in ricinoleic acid whose analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties help manage the pain in the pelvic region. You will need warm water to heat the castor-soaked cloth and help relax the muscles when used on the abdominal region.
- Fold the flannel so that it has several layers.
- Pour the castor oil on the folded cloth to allow it to permeate the different layers.
- Place the cloth in a microwave or cover a pan containing hot water and place the cloth on the covered pan to warm it.
- Lie down face upwards and place the cloth on your abdomen.
- You may cover the cloth using a plastic wrap for half an hour or so.
- Repeat this remedy twice daily alongside your doctor’s recommendations until you feel better.
In addition to the prescribed treatment and use of home remedies, it is important that you take as much rest as you can especially after diagnosis. This allows the body to recuperate and speeds up the recovery process. Most importantly, do not engage in sexual acts until treatment is over, lest this increases the risk of PID re-infection. If you are in doubt, talk to your doctor and find out when it is safe to resume sex. Even when you do have sex, remember to practice safe sex. It is advisable for ladies too, to wipe from the front to the back after using the toilet to prevent bacterial entry in the vagina. With proper medical help and any of the aformentioned home remedies, PID is treatable for affected people.