Antibiotics are the main treatment for pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). And it's important to treat PID right away, even if you have only one or two symptoms. This is because waiting
several days to treat you could raise your risks of fallopian tube damage and
You may be given medicine even before lab results have come back,
based on your medical history and a physical exam.
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If you have an
IUD and you get PID, you may not need to have the IUD removed, depending on how severe the infection is.1
Treatment for your sex partner(s)
If your PID was caused by a sexually transmitted infection (STI), anyone with whom you have
had sex in the last 60 days should be checked and treated.
Having sex too soon after treatment could cause your infection to come back, so it's important to wait. The amount of time you must wait depends on what type of treatment you have. Talk to your doctor to be sure.
Follow-up visits to your doctor are important for
making sure that treatment is working and to prevent
complications, such as chronic pelvic pain and infertility.
Your doctor will
want to check you 2 to 3 days after you've started treatment to see if you are improving or if you need a different antibiotic.
After you've had PID, you will need to have any
further pelvic symptoms checked promptly. Your doctor will want to examine you
for signs of another infection, possible pelvic organ damage (adhesions), and
other possible causes of your symptoms.
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March 12, 2014
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