Signs of infection in the uterus

After giving birth, the placenta detaches from the uterus, leaving a wound area where bacteria can enter, potentially leading to an infection. An infection in the uterus is also known as endometritis and requires treatment with antibiotics.

Ingela Ågren

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Signs of an infection in the uterus include:

  • Fever above 38.0 degrees Celsius
  • Persistent pain in the lower abdomen. Pressing on the uterus may cause tenderness.
  • Discharge with a foul smell
  • Headache, fatigue, and a general feeling of being unwell

The risk of a uterine infection is highest in the first ten days after giving birth. Some factors that increase the risk of a uterine infection include:

  • Giving birth through an emergency caesarean section or vacuum extraction.
  • Labour lasting more than 18 hours from when the water broke, is known as a prolonged rupture of membranes.
  • Excessive blood loss during delivery.
  • Difficulty in detaching the placenta, requiring manual removal through an operation, known as manual placental removal.
  • Retained membranes or placental tissue in the uterus after childbirth.

To reduce the risk of uterine infection, it's advisable to avoid using internal menstrual products like menstrual cups or tampons as long as bleeding continues. It's also recommended to refrain from taking baths. If you wish to have sexual intercourse, using a condom is advised as long as discharge persists.

Medical attention should always be sought if there is a suspicion of a uterine infection.

Ingela Ågren

Verified by Ingela Ågren

Certified Midwife


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