Cervicitis is a gynecological disorder with an inflammation at the cervix, the lower part of uterus.

This is the most common disease in women and can occur at some or the other stage of life.

If you are suffering from abdominal pain or unusual discharge through vagina, you can have cervicitis.

How to spot cervicitis?

The symptoms or signs of cervicitis are not exactly identified and are confusing.

You can able to know it after you have undergone some medical diagnosis. If you observe any symptoms that are given below, you can be detected with cervicitis.Cervicitis

  • Vaginal discharge with bad odor.
  • Painful urination.
  • Pain during menstrual periods.
  • Vaginal bleeding after sexual contact or at postmenopausal stage.
  • Pelvic pain can also be the sign of cervicitis.
  • Some times if the infection enters into the body it also causes abdominal pain and fever.
  • Itching in urethra or pelvic region.
  • Bleeding after sexual intercourse.

What is the root cause of cervicitis?

  • Unprotected or unsafe sex is main cause for cervicitis.
  • Any sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhea, Chlamydia can increase the risk of developing cervicitis.
  • If you have a hereditary or have a history of sexually transmitted diseases, then you have a chance of cervicitis.
  • Bacterial or yeast infections can also be the cause of cervicitis.
  • It can be mainly due to latex allergies.
  • Maintaining sexual contacts in early stages can also cause cervicitis.
  • Having multiple sexual contacts can also cause cervicitis.
  • Using sanitary pads or tampons with fragrance can also lead to cervicitis.
  • Consuming alcohol and drugs in more quantities can also cause cervicitis.

How cervicitis can cause harm to you?

If cervicitis is not detected in early stages it can lead to pelvic inflammatory diseases due to which the fallopian tubes, the uterine lining and uterus may get damaged. Woman with pelvic inflammatory disease will not find any symptoms of cervicitis and may cause trouble during pregnancy.

Alert yourself:

Usually cervicitis does not show any signs and symptoms immediately. It can be diagnosed with certain tests conducted like routine Pap test.

When you feel any kind of irritation or discomfort around vagina, immediately consult the doctor for diagnosis.

Avoid cervicitis with following tips:

  • Despite of experiencing any symptoms, consult the doctor for complete physical exam annually.
  • Avoid sprays and chemical irritants in tampons.
  • Avoid multiple sexual contacts.
  • Make use of condoms as regular part of sex.
  • Identify vaginal infections in early stages and take proper treatment.
  • When your sex partner finds symptoms of burning urination or any other infections, then immediately make yourself diagnosed.

Try to follow these safety measures to avoid cervicitis.