Women's health

Pelvic inflammatory disease

(PID)

About Pelvic inflammatory disease

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an infection and inflammation of the uterus, ovaries, and other female reproductive organs. It causes scarring in these organs. This can lead to infertility, ectopic pregnancy, pelvic pain, abscesses, and other serious problems. PID is the most common preventable cause of infertility in the United States.

Gonorrhea and chlamydia, two sexually transmitted diseases, are the most common causes of PID. Other bacteria can also cause it. You are at greater risk if you

  • Are sexually active and younger than 25
  • Have more than one sex partner
  • Douche

Some women have no symptoms. Others have pain in the lower abdomen, fever, smelly vaginal discharge, irregular bleeding, and pain during intercourse or urination. Doctors diagnose PID with a physical exam, lab tests, and imaging tests. Antibiotics can cure PID. Early treatment is important. Waiting too long increases the risk of infertility.

NIH: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Top Medications for Pelvic inflammatory disease according to our users

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  • Azithromycin
    Prescription only

    Zithromax (Azithromycin) is good for treating many bacterial infections. It is also available as generic. Talk to your doctor if you've ever had liver disease, myasthenia gravis, or on medications to thin the blood, as the doctor may write an alternative.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid
    • Eye drops
  • ceftriaxone
    Prescription only

    Rocephin (ceftriaxone) is good for treating many bacterial infections, but it is only available as an injectable, so it is usually only used in a hospital or doctor's office.

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    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • Erythromycin
    Prescription only

    Ery-Tab (Erythromycin) works well to treat a variety of bacterial infections, but check for drug interactions before taking it.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Delayed release tablet
    • Extended release
  • piperacillin-tazobactam
    Prescription only

    Zosyn (piperacillin-tazobactam) is only available as an injectable, so it's usually only given in the hospital. You can take Zosyn (piperacillin-tazobactam) at home, but it has to be stored in the fridge and used every 6 hours.

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    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • Doxycycline
    Prescription only

    Vibramycin (Doxycycline) is good for treating many bacterial infections. It is also available as generic. However, it can make birth control pills less effective. You also have to protect yourself against sunburn.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Delayed release capsule
    • Liquid

Medication side effects for Pelvic inflammatory disease

These are some of the most common side effects from clinical trials for Diarrhea.

  • ceftriaxone: 3%
  • Azithromycin: 11%
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At this end, no one is expected to have Diarrhea

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At this end, almost everyone is expected to have Diarrhea

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