Patient Comments: Pelvic Inflammatory Disease - Infertility

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Was your infertility caused by pelvic inflammatory disease? Please share your story. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Michelle, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 08

My first husband had numerous partners over the years prior to meeting me. I was 23 years of age and he was my first partner. Six years later with fertility issues I conceived my first child. I was never able to conceive another child. At 47 years of age I had an ovarian cyst removed laparoscopically. The two surgeons said I was their worst case scenario of adhesions they have ever seen. It took three hours to remove the majority of adhesions. It is like glue dried to tissue. My ex-husband honestly admits he never cheated on me but we all know how HPV (human papillomavirus) works. I probably contracted pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and had silent infections thus causing the adhesions.

Comment from: pusscat, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

I had pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) the year before I got married. I had a bowel infection, which turned out to be MRSA, after I came back from a holiday in Greece. I attended out patients' clinic at nearby hospital all summer long, but no antibiotics worked against the bug. I had to wear protection all the time, like a baby, as I had no control over my bowels, it was awful. On a weekend when I was alone, the infection spread, I later discovered, to my fallopian tubes and ovaries. The pain was so bad, I lay on the bed, passing in and out of consciousness for two days, before I was found. I wished to die when I was conscious. I later discovered peritonitis had set in, so I barely escaped death. We knew when we married a year later that my fertility might be affected, and it was. Surgery discovered my tubes were almost totally destroyed and half of one ovary burnt away. We had three tries at IVF, and conceived twins on the third attempt, but I lost them, just after 6 months. I had a total breakdown as a result. Eventually, I went to college as a mature student and built another life for myself, but the pain of not having children lives with me every day. I was turned down for adoption, because I had depression following the miscarriage. One of the worst things is that people still don't know you can get PID after bowel infections, even infertility doctors assumed I had got it from sexually transmitted disease, before they looked at my notes.

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