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Pelvic Inflammatory Disease - Home Treatment

Use the following home treatment measures to support your recovery.

  • Rest. Rest as much as possible until your symptoms start to get better (usually a couple of days). Then return to your usual activities slowly.
  • Pain medicine. Take regular doses of a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), such as ibuprofen, for pain. Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label. If pain doesn't improve within 48 to 72 hours, tell your doctor.

Resuming sex

It's very important that you don't have sexual relations until your treatment is completed. Otherwise, there is a risk that the infection will come back. Talk to your doctor about when it is safe for you to start having sex again.

    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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