Consequences of uterine infections in post partum cows

Uterine infections lead to decreased fertility and in some cases may be life threatening to the cow.

Acute puerperium metritis

A life threatening condition that can become chronic later in the post partum period.


  • morphological and functional changes in the endometrium lead to decreased fertility (delayed submission for AI, repeat breeding).
  • disrupted luteolytic path exposing the uterus to the immunosupppressive action of progesterone.
  • decreased milk production.
  • impairment of ovarian function: delay in first ovulation and impaired growth of dominant follicle in cycling cows