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Pelvic Inflammatory Disease - When To Call a Doctor

Pelvic inflammatory disease and several other conditions with similar symptoms require prompt treatment.

Call your doctor right away if you have belly pain and any of the following:

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  • A positive home pregnancy test
  • Fever of 101°F (38.3°C) or higher
  • Pain or difficulty urinating

Call your doctor soon if you:

  • Have a dull pain, unusual cramping, or a feeling of pressure in the lower belly.
  • Have pain during sex, especially in the belly.
  • Have abnormal vaginal bleeding, bleeding between menstrual periods, or bleeding after sex or douching.
  • Have a vaginal discharge that is yellow or green or smells bad.
  • Need to urinate often or have pain, burning, or itching with urination for longer than 24 hours.
  • Think you may have been exposed to a sexually transmitted infection, or you have a sex partner who has symptoms, such as discharge, genital sores, or pain in the genital area.

Who to see

The following health professionals can diagnose and treat pelvic inflammatory disease:

Complications are usually treated by a gynecologist.

To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.

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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