Pelvic inflammatory disease sepsis

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease: Sepsis!

July 24, 2018

At some stage in life, we tend to think of ourselves as being invincible. An unstoppable force of sheer willpower and strength. Harbouring a biological system that’s rigidity is believed to be parallel to the T800. For many, lulling oneself into a sense of false security can ultimately lead to health complications in the future.

This post discusses pelvic inflammatory disease and the risk of sepsis. The purpose being, to help you look past your current circumstances and beckon a new stream of thinking. We aim to raise your awareness by emphasising the dangers of sexually transmitted infections/diseases so that you can take the right precautions to secure yourself from future complications.

Sepsis is a life-threatening systemic response waged against infection that commonly arises when bacteria invade and proliferates in an infected individual’s bloodstream. Once blood contamination occurs, a strong immune reaction is elicited, where chemicals are released from the immune system triggering a systemic inflammatory response that can damage multiple organ systems. The severity and extent of damage caused are dependent on which stage a patient with sepsis is treated. There is three stages of sepsis: (i) sepsis, (ii) severe sepsis, (iii) septic shock.

The first stage of sepsis is commonly characterised by any number of symptoms among which includes a fever above 38.3 Celsius, a heart rate higher than 90 beats per minute, or a breathing rate higher than 20 breaths per minute. The second stage of sepsis is associated with inducing organ failure, where individuals exhibit symptoms including patches of discoloured skin, low platelet count (the little plate-shaped cells in your blood that patch damaged blood vessels), abnormal heart function, breathing problems, changes in mental functionality, and extreme weakness. Individuals suffering from the third stage of sepsis suffer all the symptoms of stage ii sepsis as well as very low blood pressure. It is imperative that sepsis is treated as early as possible before it becomes more dangerous.

So, you may be thinking how does this relate to sex? Well, the answer is plain and simple, transmission of pathogenic bacteria (that’s the nasty disease-causing type). Two of the most common sexually transmitted infections include the likes of gonorrhea and chlamydia. Either of these bacterial infections if left unchecked in women can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID, if not diagnosed and treated promptly, can cause and develop into sepsis.

This can all be easily avoided through taking control of your sexual health and making sure that you get tested regularly. We advocate private, rapid, accessible testing for STIs at home. And you're not alone. We're with you every step of the way. You can even consult live with our health professionals via online video. Practice safe sex and spread the word!

Did you know that many STI's don't have symptoms? If left untreated they can seriously damage your fertility, health and life.

If you’re unsure what to do or if you’re worried about an STI, we’re here to help with safe and easy tests you can do at home.

Don’t risk your health!


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