Fallopian tubes are part of the female reproductive system. They are located on either sides of the uterus and they connect the ovaries to the uterus and aid in transporting ova from the ovary to the uterus. They are also known as uterine tubes, oviduct or salpinges. Just like any organ in the human body, the fallopian tubes can get infected too. This can be as a result of inflammation of the pelvic or even bacterial infection like the mycoplasma, Chlamydia, straphylococcus, gonococcus or streptococcus.
Fallopian tube infections can be categorized into two; either severe or mild. The mild one in most cases precedes the severe one and in this case it lasts over a short period of time and there are no cases of infection or even seen symptoms. The infection can cause the blockage of the tubes which can result to cases of one not being able to get pregnant. This can be treated though by using the necessary medications to unblock them.
Another cause of infection can be as a result of abortion. This can be as a result of the procedure being done illegally and with the lack of a professional. Miscarriage is also a known cause as well as having sexual intercourse with STI infected person. Another cause can be appendicitis.
The signs and symptoms of an infection in the oviduct are:
- Lower back pain
- Painful ovulation and as well as painful sexual intercourse.
- Smelly discharge from the vagina.
- Frequent urination and fever like symptoms.
- Abdominal pain during menstruation
The treatment that takes place involves the taking of antibiotics so as to rid the body of the bacteria causing the infection. The medication can comprise of different types of antibiotics depending on the severity of the case at hand. Surgery can also be an option if need be.