Salpingitis is a sub-type of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), the infection and inflammation of the female reproductive organs. When PID affects the fallopian tubes, a woman may receive a diagnosis of salpingitis. Each of the four-inch fallopian tubes carries eggs from the ovaries to the uterus. It is important for women to know and recognize the signs of salpingitis because untreated, it can cause serious complications.
Some women with salpingitis will not experience any symptoms. Noticeable signs, they may come on suddenly and severely or be mild and chronic. Sometimes, symptoms will disappear for some time, but the person will still require treatment. Common symptoms include an abnormal, yellowish discharge which may be foul-smelling. The woman may experience pain in her lower abdomen and back, which could worsen during sexual intercourse or around the time of ovulation. Her menstrual periods may also be more painful than usual. She may notice bleeding or spotting in between her periods. Salpingitis can also sometimes cause nausea and vomiting, a frequent urge to urinate, and a fever.
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