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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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