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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is pelvic inflammatory disease?

A disease where organs in the pelvis such as the uterus become infected. This causes abdominal pain, fever and other symptoms. As the infection can spread rapidly, prompt antibiotic treatment is essential.

Symptoms of pelvic inflammatory disease

  • Abdominal pain

  • Lower abdominal pain

  • Fever

  • Pain when pressing down on the abdomen

Questions your doctor may ask to check for pelvic inflammatory disease

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose pelvic inflammatory disease

  • Do you have abdominal pain (stomach ache)?

  • Do you have pain in the lower part of your abdomen (stomach)?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you feel severe pain when pressing on your abdomen (stomach)?

Treatment for pelvic inflammatory disease

Treatment of this condition requires antibiotics. The doctor may recommend hospitalization for injectable antibiotics and monitoring. Rarely, surgery or a procedure may be needed to drain pus from an abscess (collection).

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