Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
When To Call a Doctor
Pelvic inflammatory disease and several Reference other conditions with similar symptoms require prompt treatment.
Call your doctor right away if you have belly pain and any of the following:
- A positive home pregnancy test
- Fever of 101°F (38.3°C) or higher
- Pain or difficulty urinating
Call your doctor soon if you:
- Have a dull pain, unusual cramping, or a feeling of pressure in the lower belly.
- Have pain during sex, especially in the belly.
- Have abnormal vaginal bleeding, bleeding between menstrual periods, or bleeding after sex or douching.
- Have a vaginal discharge that is yellow or green or smells bad.
- Need to urinate often or have pain, burning, or itching with urination for longer than 24 hours.
- Think you may have been exposed to a Reference sexually transmitted infection Opens New Window, or you have a sex partner who has symptoms, such as discharge, genital sores, or pain in the genital area.
Who to see
The following health professionals can diagnose and treat pelvic inflammatory disease:
- Reference Physician assistant (PA) Opens New Window
- Reference Nurse practitioner Opens New Window
- Reference Family medicine physician Opens New Window
- Reference Internist Opens New Window
- Reference Gynecologist Opens New Window
- Reference Emergency medicine specialist Opens New Window
Complications are usually treated by a gynecologist.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Reference Making the Most of Your Appointment.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference August 7, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology