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How is pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) treated?

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) treatment begins with an antibiotic regimen that primarily provides coverage against gonorrhea and chlamydia. Treatment should begin as soon as a diagnosis is made because immediate therapy has been shown to reduce the risk of long-term damage from PID. Oral therapy and a muscular injection are most commonly used. In certain cases, medication may be administered via injection into the veins. Hospitalization is recommended in the following circumstances:
  • surgical emergencies such as appendicitis cannot be excluded
  • pregnancy
  • allergy to orally available antibiotics
  • severe illness, nausea, vomiting or high fever
  • presence of tubo-ovarian abscess
  • no response to oral therapy
While medication can stop PID, some females may need surgery to remove scar tissue and blockages caused by long-term infection. 

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