Call your health care provider if you have the following symptoms:
Go immediately to a hospital's emergency department if you have a great deal of
, chills, nausea and vomiting, severe
, or any other symptoms that you think might be an emergency.
See your doctor immediately if your male partner has been diagnosed with
infection) or if he has symptoms of the condition (such as pain or burning
during urination, a thin discharge from the penis, or a stain on his briefs). If
your partner is not treated, you may get the infection again.
Do not have sexual intercourse until your treatment is completed and your
symptoms have gone away—for at least 7 days.
In some cases, a single dosage of
, which could include an injection, has been shown to wipe out the
other cases, your doctor may prescribe a longer period of
If your infection stems from a sexually transmitted disease, your sexual partner
also should be treated. Do not have sexual relations until your partner is
treated. Once you have been treated, follow up with your doctor for 3 months
with regular exams.
Cervicitis, if found in a young person or a child, may indicate child sexual
Infectious causes of cervicitis are preventable by using common-sense, safe-sex
Limit your sexual contacts. Know your partner's sexual history. Make condoms a
routine part of sex. Spermicides, in addition to the condoms, probably help
prevent cervicitis as well.
Make sure you are treated immediately for
infections before they spread to your cervix.
Have a complete physical exam that includes a Pap test each year, regardless of
whether or not you are experiencing any symptoms, especially if you are sexually
Recommend that your partner be screened for STIs on a regular basis.
Avoid chemical irritants in deodorized tampons, douches, or sprays.
Untreated cervicitis can spread, infecting the lining of the uterus (
endometritis) or the fallopian tubes (salpingitis), which can lead to problems
in conceiving a healthy baby. If you are pregnant and have cervicitis, your baby
may be infected during delivery, resulting in an eye infection in the baby that
can lead to blindness, or, less commonly, pneumonia caused by a
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