How is cervicitis treated?

If your doctor determines that you have cervicitis, you will usually be prescribed an antibiotic to treat any bacterial infections that may be causing the condition. Women under age 25 or who engage in high-risk behaviors may be treated with antibiotics even if bacteria are not detected in the diagnosis. Some bacteria can be hard to detect but may still be present. You should abstain from intercourse until treatment is done.

Antibiotics successfully treat cervicitis in most cases. If cervicitis is not successfully treated by antibiotics, laser therapy or surgery may be required. Your doctor can best determine the treatment for your cervicitis based on your age, habits, diagnostic tests, and the length of the condition.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 04/09/2014.

References

  • Marrazzo JM, Martin DH (2007). "Management of women with cervicitis". Clin. Infect. Dis. 44 (Suppl 3): S102–10.
  • McCormack WM. Chapter 107. Vulvovaginitis and Cervicitis. In: Mandell G, Bennett J, Dolin R, eds. Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases. 7th ed. Philadelphia: Churchill Livingstone; 2009:Chap 107

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