Pelvic Inflammatory Disease - Exams and Tests
Laparoscopy and ultrasound are considered the best
procedures for diagnosing PID. But these tests are not done unless the
diagnosis is in doubt or the results from the procedure will change the method
used for treatment.
There is no standard screening for pelvic
inflammatory disease (PID) at this time. But routine annual screening of young,
sexually active women for
chlamydia is thought to reduce the number of cases of
PID and is recommended by experts.
Be sure to have a gynecologic
exam promptly whenever you notice pelvic infection symptoms or pelvic pain. If
you have been exposed to an STI, see your doctor for testing right away. If you
are diagnosed with an STI, especially
chlamydia, you will be treated and evaluated for PID.
Your partner(s) must also have treatment for the STI.
have recently been infected with the
human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) also should be
checked for other STIs.