Here is a list of questions, prepared by WebMD experts, that are important to ask your health care provider if you are diagnosed with pelvic inflammatory disease:
What caused my pelvic inflammatory disease? Do I have an underlying infection?
What are my treatment options?
Can I expect any side effects from the medications?
Should my sexual partner(s) be treated?
Has there been any damage to my...
An exam of the abdomen or pelvis by
laparoscopy finds inflammation or abscesses of the
fallopian tubes, ovaries, or other pelvic structures. Laparoscopy and
ultrasound are considered the best procedures for diagnosing PID. But
these procedures are not done unless the diagnosis is in doubt or the results
from the procedure will change the method used in treatment.
Many health professionals think that even if a woman has no pelvic
symptoms, she should be treated for PID if she has pain or tenderness when the
cervix is moved and has signs of
cervicitis (inflammation of the cervix).
The treatment for PID is longer and may use different medications
than the treatment for a vaginal or cervical infection.
If symptoms come back after treatment, other possible causes for the
symptoms are considered each time. It sometimes takes more than one course of
medicine treatment to cure PID. It is also possible that a reinfection has
occurred or that the original diagnosis may not have been correct. Your sex
partner(s) must be treated at the same time you are.