Topic Overview

Abnormal vaginal bleeding with fever may be caused by an
infection in the
pelvic organs. During your period, bacteria can travel up the vagina into the
uterus and fallopian tubes and cause an infection. This is more common during
menstruation but can occur at any time during your
menstrual cycle.

Symptoms of pelvic
infection may include:

  • Pelvic pain, especially during
    intercourse.
  • Bad-smelling vaginal discharge.
  • Bleeding
    between periods.
  • Fever.

Pelvic infections are usually caused by bacteria. It is
important to treat pelvic infections right away to:

  • Prevent scarring of the
    fallopian tubes. Scarring of the fallopian tubes
    increases the risk of
    ectopic pregnancy and can cause
    infertility.
  • Prevent infection from
    spreading to other parts of the body.
  • Reduce the risk of passing
    the infection to your partner.

Sexually active women, especially those who have more than
one sex partner, are more likely to have pelvic infections. And the
risk for infection is increased if you:

Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a rare
and serious condition that has been linked to tampon use. An important symptom
of TSS is a rash that looks like a sunburn that develops within 2 days of the
onset of a fever of
102°F (38.9°C) or higher. Other
symptoms may include headache, muscle aches, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea,
stomach cramps, profound weakness, confusion, and
signs of shock. Immediate medical care is needed if
toxic shock syndrome is suspected.

If you have symptoms of a
pelvic infection, do not have sexual intercourse until you see your doctor. This will reduce the risk of spreading a possible infection to
your partner.

Credits

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP – Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Kevin C. Kiley, MD – Obstetrics and Gynecology

Current as ofOctober 6, 2017