Pelvic Inflammatory Disease: Criteria for Diagnosis
Any of these three criteria diagnose PID if no other cause can be found.
Criteria that increase the likelihood of PID
The presence of any of the following symptoms increases the likelihood that you have PID:
Additional criteria for diagnosis of PID
Other clinical criteria used to diagnose PID include the following:
Many health professionals think that even if a woman has no pelvic symptoms, she should be treated for PID if she has pain or tenderness when the cervix is moved and has signs of cervicitis (inflammation of the cervix).
The treatment for PID is longer and may use different medications than the treatment for a vaginal or cervical infection.
If symptoms come back after treatment, other possible causes for the symptoms are considered each time. It sometimes takes more than one course of medicine treatment to cure PID. It is also possible that a reinfection has occurred or that the original diagnosis may not have been correct. Your sex partner(s) must be treated at the same time you are.
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