Pelvic Inflammatory Disease - Home Treatment
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and
sexually transmitted infections (STIs) require prompt
medical treatment. If you have any unusual pelvic symptoms or pain, see your
doctor without delay, even if your symptoms don't seem serious.
After you have started medical treatment for PID, your doctor will give
you specific instructions for home care. Be sure to follow those instructions
and keep all follow-up appointments.
Use the following home
treatment measures to support your recovery.
- Rest as much as possible until your symptoms
start to get better (usually a couple of days), then return to your usual
- Take regular doses of a
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), such as
ibuprofen, for pain. If pain does not improve within 48 to 72 hours after you
start treatment, tell your doctor.
- Do not have sex until you've
taken all antibiotic medicine, your pain is gone entirely, and you feel
completely well. Also, do not have sex until your partner or partners have
finished treatment for any sexually transmitted infections
- Make and keep follow-up appointments. Your doctor will want
to see you 2 to 3 days after you've started antibiotics to make sure they are
working. You may also be seen for follow-up 7 to 10 days later to make sure you
are getting better and to talk about how to avoid another infection. You may
have an additional follow-up exam at 4 to 6 weeks to see whether you've fully
- Call your doctor if your symptoms get worse or come