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Pelvic Inflammatory Disease


Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is a condition where your reproductive organs become inflamed. Your reproductive organs include your ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix (lower area of your uterus), and vagina. PID may cause chronic (long-term) abdominal pain and problems with future pregnancies.



  • Antibiotics: This medicine is given to fight or prevent an infection caused by bacteria. Always take your antibiotics exactly as ordered by your healthcare provider. Do not stop taking your medicine unless directed by your healthcare provider. Never save antibiotics or take leftover antibiotics that were given to you for another illness.

  • Pain medicine: You may need medicine to take away or decrease pain.

    • Learn how to take your medicine. Ask what medicine and how much you should take. Be sure you know how, when, and how often to take it.

    • Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take your medicine. Tell caregivers if your pain does not decrease.

    • Pain medicine can make you dizzy or sleepy. Prevent falls by calling someone when you get out of bed or if you need help.

  • 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 as directed:

You may need a follow-up visit a few days after you start your treatment. Your primary healthcare provider may ask you if your recent sexual partners have also been treated for an STI. You may need more tests if your symptoms do not go away or worsen after treatment. Your treatment may need to be changed if your symptoms are not getting better. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Decrease your chances of getting PID:

  • Finish your treatment: If you do not finish your treatment for PID, your infection may not go away. You may also have an increased risk of having another STI in the future.

  • Do not have unprotected sex: Always use a latex condom. Do not have sex while you or your partners are being treated for an STI.

  • Limit your sexual partners: Avoid having more than one sexual partner at a time to decrease your risk of getting an STI.

  • Talk to your partners: If you have an STI, tell your recent partners. Advise them to see a caregiver for testing and treatment. This will help stop the spread of infection to others or back to you.


Ask when you can return to your normal activities, including sex.

For more information:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    1600 Clifton Road
    Atlanta , GA 30333
    Phone: 1- 800 - 232-4636
    Web Address:
  • The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
    P.O. Box 70620
    Washington , DC 20024-9998
    Phone: 1- 202 - 638-5577
    Phone: 1- 800 - 673-8444
    Web Address:

Contact your primary healthcare provider if:

  • You have nausea or vomiting.

  • Your skin is red, itchy, or you have a new rash.

  • You think or know you are pregnant.

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

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You have chills or a high fever.

  • You have pain in your upper right abdomen.

  • You have pain in your lower abdomen that does not go away with rest or medicine.

  • Your symptoms get worse or do not improve after 3 days of treatment.

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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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