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How is cervicitis diagnosed?

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If the doctor thinks you have cervicitis, she start with a pelvic exam. This lets her get a closer look at your cervix. She'll probably swab your cervix to collect vaginal fluids (she'll test them for bacteria or viruses) or to see how easily it bleeds.

And she'll ask questions about your sexual history like:

Even if you don't have symptoms, your doctor will check for cervicitis if:

  • The number of partners you've had
  • If you've had sex without a condom
  • The kind of contraception you used
  • You're pregnant
  • She thinks you're at high risk for an STD

From: Cervicitis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Zenilman, J.M. and Shahmanesh, M., editors, 1st edition, Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2012. Sexually Transmitted Infections: Diagnosis, Management and Treatment,

Mainous, A. and Pomeroy, C., editors, , 2nd ed., Springer Science and Business Media, 2010. Management of Antimicrobials in Infectious Diseases: Impact of Antibiotic Resistance

Carton, J., Daly, R. and Ramani, P., editors, Clinical Pathology, 1st ed., Oxford University Press, 2007.

CDC web site: "Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines."

Wilson, J.F. , Sept. 1, 2009. Annals of Internal Medicine

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on December 5, 2017

SOURCES:

Zenilman, J.M. and Shahmanesh, M., editors, 1st edition, Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2012. Sexually Transmitted Infections: Diagnosis, Management and Treatment,

Mainous, A. and Pomeroy, C., editors, , 2nd ed., Springer Science and Business Media, 2010. Management of Antimicrobials in Infectious Diseases: Impact of Antibiotic Resistance

Carton, J., Daly, R. and Ramani, P., editors, Clinical Pathology, 1st ed., Oxford University Press, 2007.

CDC web site: "Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines."

Wilson, J.F. , Sept. 1, 2009. Annals of Internal Medicine

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on December 5, 2017

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