What does Cervicitis feels like?
Cervicitis can be caused by a sexually transmitted infection(STI). Most common are chlamydia and gonorrhea. Trichomoniasis and genital herpes can also cause cervicitis. In some cases, cervicitis is not caused by infection. It may be due to trauma, frequent douching or exposure to chemical irritants.
Cervicitis in women has many features in common with urethritis in men and many cases are caused by sexually transmitted infections,death may occur. Non-infectious causes of cervicitis can include intrauterine devices, contraceptive diaphragms, and allergic reactions to spermicides or latex condoms. The condition is often confused with vaginismus which is a much simpler condition and easily rectified with simple exercises.
Cervicitis is an irritation of the cervix caused by a number of different organisms. Cervicitis is generally classified as either acute, meaning the onset of symptoms is severe and sudden, or chronic, lasting over a period of months or longer. The most common infectious cause of cervicitis is Chlamydia trachomatis, followed by Neisseria gonorrhea. Other causes include herpes simplex virus (HSV), Trichomonas vaginalis, and Mycoplasma genitalium. Often, a pathogen cannot be identified. The cervix may also be inflamed as part of vaginitis (eg, bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis).
Noninfectious causes of cervicitis include gynecologic procedures, foreign bodies (eg, pessaries, barrier contraceptive devices), chemicals (eg, in douches or contraceptive creams), and allergens (eg, latex).
Cervicitis often causes no symptoms at all, but some women will experience pain during intercourse, vaginal itching, a bloody vaginal discharge, or vaginal spotting or bleeding between periods (usually after vaginal intercourse). If the urethra (urine tube) also becomes infected, you may feel burning when you urinate or you may urinate more often. Cervicitis can spread to your uterus, fallopian tubes or ovaries, which is a condition called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). If you have PID, you may have abdominal pain or fever. However, it's also possible to have cervicitis and not experience any signs or symptoms.
Often, cervicitis results from a sexually transmitted infection, such as chlamydia or gonorrhea. Cervicitis can develop from noninfectious causes, too. Successful treatment of cervicitis involves treating the underlying cause of the inflammation.
Most often, cervicitis causes no signs and you may only learn you have the condition after a pelvic exam performed by your doctor for another reason. If you do have signs and symptoms, While each woman may experience symptoms differently,
The following are the most common symptoms of cervicitis:
- Large amounts of unusual gray or white white vaginal discharge that may smell
- Frequent and painful urination
- Pain during intercourse
- Bleeding between menstrual periods
- Vaginal bleeding after intercourse, not associated with a menstrual period
- Allergy to spermicides used for birth control
- Allergy to latex in condoms
- Exposure to a chemical
- Pelvic pain
- Abdominal pain
- Lower back pain
Some women may not experience any symptoms when they have cervicitis. Severe cervicitis may lead to a thick, yellow or green vaginal discharge that resembles pus. If the infection has been long-standing, symptoms can include low abdominal or low back pain. Infections within the vagina are easily passed to the cervix. Then the tissue of the cervix can become inflamed and form an open sore. One early sign of this is a pus-like vaginal discharge. The symptoms of cervicitis may look like other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your health care provider for a diagnosis.
Note: Remember that cervicitis is usually the result of a sexually transmitted infection. You can give it or get it without realizing it, since you may have no symptoms.
Whether or not it causes symptoms, it is important to treat cervicitis. This is to prevent it from spreading to the fallopian tubes and becoming PID. If not treated, chlamydia or gonorrhea can scar the fallopian tubes. This can cause infertility (being unable to have children).
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