Pelvic Inflammatory Disease - When To Call a Doctor
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) symptoms often don't
develop until inflammation or scar tissue (adhesions)
develop. Scar tissue can cause
ongoing (chronic) pelvic pain,
ectopic pregnancy. For this reason, immediate medical
attention is necessary to treat possible PID symptoms or complications.
Call your doctor immediately if you have abdominal
pain and any of the following:
Call your doctor to find out when an evaluation is needed
- Have a dull pain, unusual or persistent
cramping, or a feeling of pressure in the lower abdomen.
- Need to
urinate frequently or have pain, burning, or itching with urination for longer
than 24 hours.
- Have pain during sex (dyspareunia), especially in
abnormal vaginal bleeding.
- Suspect that
you have been exposed to a
sexually transmitted infection (STI).
a vaginal discharge that is yellow or green or smells bad.
bleeding between menstrual periods.
- Bleed after sexual intercourse
or after vaginal douching.
- Have a sex partner who has any symptoms
of an STI (such as discharge, genital sores, or pain in the genital
If you have not been diagnosed with PID but you have
symptoms that concern you, see the following topics:
Any symptoms or other changes that suggest PID
or a sexually transmitted infection (STI) should be evaluated by a doctor as soon as
possible. Watchful waiting is not appropriate.
- Early treatment (within 48 to 72 hours after
symptoms begin) may reduce or prevent complications of PID.
prevent spreading a possible infection, avoid sexual intercourse until you are
To prevent reinfection from an STI, be sure that anyone
you have had sexual contact with has been tested, treated if necessary, and
uses condoms when you resume sexual relations.
Who To See
The following health
professionals can diagnose and treat pelvic inflammatory disease (PID):
Complications of PID are usually treated by a
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.