Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (cont.)
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The treatment of choice for pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is usually 2 weeks of a broad-spectrum antibiotic, which kills more than one type of bacteria. But the number of days you continue to take antibiotics depends on your infection and the type of antibiotic medicine. If taken properly, antibiotics will destroy the bacteria causing PID. Prompt antibiotic treatment may prevent complications from PID or reduce their severity.
Treatment is started even when you meet only the minimum criteria for PID with or without other symptoms. Treatment for gonorrhea or chlamydia is not the same as treatment for PID. Different antibiotics are sometimes used for PID, and they are taken for a longer period of time.
To prevent reinfection, sex partners with or without symptoms must also be tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) (particularly gonorrhea and chlamydia). Any infection must be immediately treated.
It sometimes takes more than one course of medicine to cure PID. Sometimes bacteria can become resistant to an antibiotic, meaning that the antibiotic is no longer effective against the bacteria. This makes it necessary to try another type of antibiotic.
Reinfection from an untreated sex partner also requires another round of antibiotic treatment.
What To Think About
The treatment for PID usually takes 2 weeks. But the number of days you continue to take antibiotics depends on your infection and the type of antibiotic medicine. It is very important that you take all the medicine, or the infection can come back.
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