Postpartum endometritis symptoms

Guide to Postpartum Endometritis Symptoms and The Causes

Postpartum period is the time to heal and adjust to your new role – mother.

Your body did a tremendous amount of work, and it’s not over yet.

A mother’s body is vunerable to catch infections or gather symptoms of different infections in no time.

Today, we are going to talk about the postpartum endometritis symptoms.

Your body is still exhausted and fragile. Numerous environmental infections can influence it.

Regaining strength and being able to function properly can be a difficult task. It requires lot of time.

You probably have open wounds – on your cervix, vagina, perineum.

Or maybe even a Caesarean section wound.

Infections are around you and they can greatly affect your health in the following months.

One of the most common postpartum infections is endometritis.

 

What is postpartum endometritis?

It is an inflammation (a bacterial infection) of the lining of a woman’s uterus, called endometrium.

Many types of  bacteria can cause endometritis.

They move into your genitals, abdominal cavity or even blood stream.

Within the first prenatal visit at around 6 weeks postpartum or 8 weeks postpartum, endometritis is diagnosed.

Endometritis can also appear after a miscarriage, again, after having a proper vaginal examination.

Intrauterine device can also be a cause of this infection.

 

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What are the postpartum endometritis symptoms?

If you experience fever after childbirth, this might be one of the postpartum endometritis symptoms.

Doctors diagnose endometritis if you have high fever (38.0 Celsius or 100.4 Fahrenheit or higher) after the delivery on two or more occasions. Accompanied by signs like uterine infections which may include uterine pain or abnormal uterine lochia.

It is more common after the C-section. But it can also develop if you’ve had a vaginal delivery.

Symptoms can vary, and you probably won’t experience all of them.

The following are the most common endometritis symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain and tenderness
  • Bad smelling vaginal discharge
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding – postpartum haemorrhage
  • Abnormal vaginal discharge
  • Dyspareunia
  • Dysuria
  • General malaise
  • Tachycardia

postpartum endometritis symptoms can lead to several complications that can be concerning.

Therefore, it should be treated and not ignored.

Some of the more severe complications are:

  • Bloodstreem infections (bacteremia)
  • Infection and thrombosis of the pelvic blood vessels
  • Pelvic abscess
  • Septic shock
  • Infertility

 

What causes endometritis?

Bacteria are present in your vagina at all times. However, some bacteria won’t have any negative effect on your health, while the others are even beneficial. Endometritis happens when this natural mix of bacteria changes.

Early postpartum endometritis might be a consequence of the infection of the amniotic fluid prior to delivery.

Various infections cause endometritis. Some of them are:

  • chlamydia
  • gonorrhea
  • tuberculosis
  • infections resulting from the mix of normal vaginal bacteria

 

What are the risk factors of endometritis?

While the postpartum endometritis symptoms can be found in anyone. It does not mean the person has it. Endometritis can affect anyone, some women are more prone to it than other.

Some of the risk factors can be treated and avoided; there are others impossible to remove.

Here are the risk factors you should know regarding endometritis:

  • Caesarean section is the most influential risk factor. If you are HIV positive, risk is further increased.
  • Long labour followed by multiple vaginal examinations
  • Manual removal of placenta
  • Mother who are at the age ends of reproductive span
  • Low socio-economic status, that influences bad hygiene
  • Anaemia
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Internal fetal monitoring
  • General anaesthetic
  • History of pelvic infection.

Since the endometritis can be caused by a gynecological procedure, sterile equipments should be used on you. Consult your physician about taking precautionary antibiotics if you have a caesarean section.

 

I have some of these symptoms. Do I have endometritis?

While endometritis is a common, not very serious infection.

But it can have dangerous consequences if not treated.

Complications can include problems with reproductive organs, fertility, and other health problems.

 

If you experience…

  • intensive vaginal bleeding,
  • discharge of a foul odor or
  • fever of 100.4 F (38 C) or higher – consult your doctor immediately.

 

Antibiotics usually solve the problem, so you need to consult your doctor about the adequate therapy.

Your partner may also need treatment if your infection is sexually transmitted.

Some postpartum endometritis cases may require hospitalization and longer recovery.

Endometritis can become a serious condition, but it doesn’t need to be.

All you have to do is visit your doctor in time, if you experience any of the symptoms.

Make sure to be responsible concerning hygiene.

It is crucial that you remain healthy during baby’s first months, as your motherly skills are most needed at this time.

 

 

References:

http://www.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/endometritis/overview.html

http://www.patient.co.uk/doctor/postpartum-endometritis

http://www.glowm.com/section_view/heading/Serious%20Postpartum%20Infections/item/177#1231

http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=51744

http://www.healthline.com/health/endometritis#Overview1

http://www.healthline.com/health/endometritis#Causes2

http://www.healthline.com/health/endometritis#Diagnosis5

http://www.healthline.com/health/endometritis#Treatment7

http://www.healthline.com/health/endometritis#Prevention9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           

 

 

Sana

About the Author: Sana

Mom of 3 boys with a flair to help other mothers struggling to get through their postpartum phase. My purpose is to build a place for moms where they can discuss their postpartum concerns, express frustrations, understand newborn-handling problems and share home remedies which have proved to be useful by the majority of mothers.

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