What is an infection?
The invasion and multiplication of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites that are not normally present within the body. Some infections cause symptoms, others do not. An infection may remain localized, or it may spread throughout the body via the blood or lymphatic vessels.
An infection is a cause that is always considered in women with abnormal bleeding.
If an infection is the cause, treatment with antibiotics is required. This is generally given orally, but if an infection is severe, antibiotics given in to the vein (intravenous) may be required. This is generally given while a hospital inpatient.
When possible, clinicians prefer to isolate the actual organism causing an infection. This is to determine if the organism is sensitive to the antibiotics prescribed.