Cervicitis

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Cervicitis inflammation of your cervix. Your cervix is at the bottom of your uterus where it opens into your vagina.

AFTER YOU LEAVE:

Medicines:

  • Antibiotics: This medicine helps kill the bacteria causing cervicitis. Take them as directed.

  • Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your primary healthcare provider or gynecologist as directed:

You may need to return to have your cervix checked or more tests done. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Activity:

You may need to stop having sex until after you finish taking medicine to treat your condition. If you had other procedures to treat your condition, you may need to stop having sex for some time. Ask your primary healthcare provider or gynecologist when you can have sex or return to your normal activities.

Prevent cervicitis:

  • Avoid products that can cause irritation: Do not douche unless your primary healthcare provider or gynecologist has told you to. Do not use spermicides if they caused symptoms in the past.

  • Use a condom: Use a latex condom every time you have sex. If you are allergic to latex, use a nonlatex condom.

  • Limit your sexual partners: Your risk of getting an STI is decreased if you have fewer sexual partners. Do not have sex with someone who has or is being treated for a STI.

  • Talk to your sexual partners: If you have a STI, tell your recent sexual partners. Tell them to see primary healthcare provider for testing and treatment to help stop the spread of infection.

Contact your primary healthcare provider or gynecologist if:

  • You are spotting blood from your vagina and it is not time for your period.

  • You have yellow or green discharge coming from your vagina after you start treatment.

  • You have abdominal pain.

  • You have a fever.

  • You think you are pregnant.

  • Your symptoms do not go away 2 to 4 weeks after treatment.

  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You have bleeding from your vagina that does not stop and it is not time for your period.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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