Pelvic Inflammatory Disease - Medications
The treatment of choice for
pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is usually 2 weeks
of a broad-spectrum antibiotic, which kills more than one type of bacteria. But
the number of days you continue to take antibiotics depends on your infection
and the type of antibiotic medicine. If taken properly, antibiotics will
destroy the bacteria causing PID. Prompt antibiotic treatment may prevent
complications from PID or reduce their severity.
started even when you meet only the
minimum criteria for PID with or without other
symptoms. Treatment for
chlamydia is not the same as treatment for PID.
Different antibiotics are sometimes used for PID, and they are taken for a
longer period of time.
To prevent reinfection, sex partners with
or without symptoms must also be tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
(particularly gonorrhea and chlamydia). Any infection must be immediately
It sometimes takes more than one course of medicine to
cure PID. Sometimes bacteria can become resistant to an antibiotic, meaning
that the antibiotic is no longer effective against the bacteria. This makes it
necessary to try another type of antibiotic.
Reinfection from an
untreated sex partner also requires another round of antibiotic
- Antibiotics for pelvic inflammatory
What To Think About
Delaying treatment for pelvic
inflammatory disease (PID) increases the risk of future problems such as
ongoing (chronic) pelvic pain,
ectopic pregnancy, and
The treatment for PID
usually takes 2 weeks. But the number of days you continue to take antibiotics
depends on your infection and the type of antibiotic medicine. It is very
important that you take all the medicine, or the infection can come