The doctor might perform a laparoscopy to see inside your uterus (this is where a tiny telescope is inserted through the abdominal wall), but this is not routinely done and would only be done if the doctor is unsure of the diagnosis.
Since the symptoms of pelvic inflammatory disease are similar to ectopic pregnancy, you will also be given a pregnancy test to rule out this possibility.
You will be given antibiotics of more than one variety. If you have a fever or abscess you may be admitted to hospital for treatment.
Your partner should also be treated. This is because if he is infected and not treated, he may pass the infection back to you after you have completed treatment.
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, Patient UK. Web. 23 February 2012. http://www.patient.co.uk/health/Pelvic-Inflammatory-Disease.htm
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), Bupa. Web. 23 February 2012. http://www.bupa.co.uk/individuals/health-information/directory/p/pelvic-inflammatory-disease#textBlock275684
STDs in Women and Infants, CDC. Web. 23 February 2012. http://www.cdc.gov/std/stats10/womenandinf.htm#pid
Joanna is a freelance health writer for The Mother magazine and Suite 101 with a column on infertility, http://infertility.suite101.com/. She is author of the book, 'Breast Milk: A Natural Immunisation,' and co-author of an educational resource on disabled parenting.
Reviewed February 23, 2012
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith