Pelvic Inflammatory Disease - Treatments

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How is pelvic inflammatory disease treated?

PID can be cured with antibiotics (drugs that kill bacteria). Most of the time, at least 2 antibiotics are used that work against a wide range of bacteria. Your doctor will work with you to find the best treatment for you. You must take all your medicine, even if your symptoms go away. This helps to make sure your infection is fully cured. You should see your doctor again 2 to 3 days after starting treatment to make sure the antibiotics are working.

Without treatment, PID can lead to severe problems like infertility, ectopic pregnancy, and chronic pelvic pain.

Any damage done to your pelvic organs before you start treatment likely cannot be undone. Still, don't put off getting treatment. If you do, you may not be able to have children. If you think you may have PID, see a doctor right away.

Your doctor may suggest going into the hospital to treat your PID if you:

  • Are very sick
  • Are pregnant
  • Don't respond to or cannot swallow pills. If this is the case, you will need intravenous (in the vein or IV) antibiotics.
  • Have an abscess (sore) in a Fallopian tube or ovary

If you still have symptoms or if the abscess doesn't go away after treatment, you may need surgery. Problems caused by PID, such as constant pelvic pain and scarring, are often hard to treat. But, sometimes they get better after surgery.

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Comment from: lonelygirl, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I have been suffering from pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) for the past three months. I have been to the emergency room twice and both times, doctors missed it. I suffered from very irregular periods, pains in lower abdomen, loss of appetite, high temperature, back pain, shoulder pain, white thick clumps or discharge, pain during intercourse, and leg pain. I do not have a sexually transmitted disease, though I did suffer from a urinary tract infection (UTI) just before the PID symptoms started. I have been on Flagyl for 7 days and doxycyline for 21 days. Symptoms are still there although a little bit better.

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Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 25

I've been suffering pelvic pain for over 2 weeks now. We've been trying to conceive and after my missed period I was anticipating a positive pregnancy test. But no, obstetrician/gynecologist diagnosed pelvic inflammatory disease 5 days ago. Tests for chlamydia, gonorrhea, yeast, bacterial vaginosis and trich were negative. I've been prescribed doxycycline and metronidazole. After 5 days on the medicines, still no improvement and doctor has refused to change the prescription. He told me to follow up after the medicines are done. I'm really scared that I am not doing enough to contain this disease.

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