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Pelvic Inflammatory Disease - Exams and Tests

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is diagnosed by the combination of your medical history, your symptoms, a physical exam, and lab test results.

Medical history

Your doctor may ask you a number of questions, such as what your symptoms are, what method of birth control you use, and whether you or your partner engage in high-risk sexual behaviors.

Physical exam

Your exam for PID will include a pelvic exam.

You will also be tested for gonorrhea, chlamydia, and bacterial vaginosis.

Lab tests

Imaging tests

Early detection

Yearly chlamydia testing for young, sexually active women is thought to reduce the number of cases of PID. This screening is recommended by experts.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: March 12, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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