There is no over-the-counter treatment for Pelvic inflammatory disease. Usually, Pelvic inflammatory disease can be cured with antibiotics. Most women can have outpatient treatment. If you are treated as an outpatient, you must take your medicine just the way your doctor tells you to. If you don't take all the pills, your symptoms will get worse and you may have to go to the hospital. A few days after you start taking the medicine, your doctor will want to see you for a checkup.
- Pelvic inflammatory disease can be cured with several types of antibiotics. A health care provider will determine and prescribe the best therapy. However, antibiotic treatment does not reverse any damage that has already occurred to the reproductive organs. If a woman has pelvic pain and other symptoms of Pelvic inflammatory disease, it is critical that she seek care immediately. Prompt antibiotic treatment can prevent severe damage to reproductive organs. The longer a woman delays treatment for Pelvic inflammatory disease, the more likely she is to become infertile or to have a future ectopic pregnancy because of damage to the fallopian tubes.
- Hospitalization to treat Pelvic inflammatory disease may be recommended if the woman
- (1) is severely ill (e.g., nausea, vomiting, and high fever);
- (2) is pregnant;
- (3) does not respond to or cannot take oral medication and needs intravenous antibiotics; or
- (4) has an abscess in the fallopian tube or ovary (tubo-ovarian abscess). If symptoms continue or if an abscess does not go away, surgery may be needed. Complications of Pelvic inflammatory disease, such as chronic pelvic pain and scarring are difficult to treat, but sometimes they improve with surgery.