How is Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) treated?

Initially, treatment of PID is through antibiotics to treat the initial infection - often physicians use multiple antibiotics in order to be certain the infection at the root of the problem is cured. Under certain circumstances, including severe illness or pregnancy, treatment in the hospital may be recommended.

Recovery Time

Recovery from PID itself is determined by the recovery time associated with treatment of the initial infection. However, the damage caused by PID is generally permanent.

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Sexual Activity

To avoid bacterial transmission, it is important to refrain from sexual activity during the course of your treatment and until both you and your partner are determined to be free from infection.

Mark Riegel, MD

Quick snapshot

Can it be cured?

Yes and No. Gonorrhea is easily treated with a course of antibiotics.

Type of Infection

Bacterial. Gonorrhea is caused by the Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacterium.

How is it treated?

Antibiotics. A single Cefixime, Ceftriaxone, or Cephalosporin.

Recovery Time

Upto 1 week. One to two weeks can be needed for symptoms to fully disappear.

Can I have sex?

No. Sexual activity should be avoided until treatment is successful.

Can I get re-infected?

Yes. Re-infection is possible from sexual activity with an infected person.