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Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is a condition that causes your reproductive organs to 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. You may have no symptoms of PID.
Seek care immediately 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.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have nausea or are 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.
- Medicines may be given to prevent or fight a bacterial infection or to reduce pain. Ask your healthcare provider how to take pain medicine safely.
- 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.
- 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 for another STI in the future.
- Do not have sex until your healthcare provider says it is okay. You will need to finish treatment before it is safe to have sex.
- Talk to your sex partners. If you have an STI, tell your recent partners. Tell them to see a healthcare provider for testing and treatment. This will help stop the spread of infection to others or back to you.
Decrease your risk for PID:
- 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.
- Get tested for STIs before and after new sex partners. Talk to your partner and ask them to get tested.
- Do not delay treatment for STIs or vaginal infections. Talk to your healthcare provider if you think you have an STI. Early treatment can prevent health problems that may lead to PID.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
You may need a follow up visit a few days after you start your treatment. Your 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.
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