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Is cervicitis sexually transmitted?

Is cervicitis sexually transmitted?

Cervicitis: Not caused by an std is not, if it is caused by as std which your doc can check for then it is.

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Cervicitis (Definition)

inflammation of the cervix. ...Read more


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I have pcos for 3yrs. Last sunday i was diagnosed w/ cervicitis. I had no sexual contact with my fiance since he is overseas. What could be the cause?

I have pcos for 3yrs. Last sunday i was diagnosed w/ cervicitis. I had no sexual contact with my fiance since he is overseas. What could be the cause?

Cervicitis: Cervicitis need not be always due to an infectious agent; often, hormonal variations can cause the otherwise well lubricated cervical os and upper vagina to undergo changes in texture, thickness, and moisture content. Give your gynecologist a call to explain his findings and, given your history of pcos, recommend a treatment plan.

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Can cervicitis happen only to those with sexual contact?

No: While having multiple sexual partners represents a risk factor, sexual contact is not necessary in order to develop cervicitis. After menarche, there is frequently bacterial overgrowth in the vagina that can lead to acute and chronic inflammation. The majority of women have some degree of chronic cervicitis.

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Should I stop having sexual intercourse while I have cervicitis?

Should I stop having sexual intercourse while I have cervicitis?

Yes: Cervicitis is an inflammation of the cervix. It may also be caused by an infection. Most of the time it is asymptomatic. Sexual intercourse may delay the healing or aggaravate an ongoing inflammation from trauma to the cervix while having sex.

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I was diagnosed with cervicitis. How long should I abstain from having sexual intercourse?

I was diagnosed with cervicitis. How long should I abstain from having sexual intercourse?

No abstinence needed: Cervicitis is a nonspecific inflammation of the cervix. It is usually not due to any type of infection. It also does not need to be treated as long as there were no signs of infection and cultures are negative. Therefore, no abstinence needed.

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How's cervicitis cured?

Treat cause/depends.: It is very hard to say if this is cured, especially with the major causes of gonorrhea and chlamydia. If these are the causes, treatment is with the appropriate antibiotics. If the cause is not infectious, like an iud, removal should help. If it's from allergic reaction to spermicides, etc. These should be avoided or tapered, or a different brand used. Even with abx rx. This can persist.

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Will cervicitis kill me?

Not likely: It cannot kill you but can make your life miserable. There is a possibility that the infection will progress to tuboovarian abscess then sepsis with very high mortality rate. So the best thing to do is get it treated asap. Please see your ob/gyn if you have any gyn problems.

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Does cervicitis makes you sterile?

Not per se: Cervicitis may be a contributory factor but is unlikely to cause sterility by itself. It is treatable and should be treated.

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Could cervicitis come back once it's gone?

Could cervicitis come back once it's gone?

Possibly: Cervicitis is inflammation of the cervix, usually caused by a bacterial infection of the cervix. It can cause spotting and an unusual discharge. It is often treated with antibiotics. It can come back, but you will probably need an examination to know for sure.

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How to follow up a case of chronic cervicitis?

No definite rule: Chronic cervicitis usually has noninfectious cause such as mechanical (eg trauma from surgery or from objects such as tampon, diaphragm, pessary, iud) or chemical irritation (eg douches, latex 'from condoms', vaginal creams/gels). Removing the inciting agent is usually the treatment. If it is asymptomatic and is found on biopsy or pap no treatment is necessary. Freezing (Cryotherapy) may help.

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Does practicing safe sex reduce chances of cervicitis?

Does practicing safe sex reduce chances of cervicitis?

Condoms Work: Condoms can be up to 98% effective at preventing sexually transmitted diseases when used correctly. It should be noted that barrier methods like condoms are the only contraception shown to reduce the spread of stds. Practicing safe sex reduces the number of stds and thereby reduces the chances of getting cervicitis.

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What leads to postmenopausal women getting cervicitis?

What leads to postmenopausal women getting cervicitis?

PM: I think you mean vaginitis. Lack of estrogen and thinning of vaginal wall.

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What is the likely differential diagnosis of cervicitis?

What is the likely differential diagnosis of cervicitis?

Vaginitis: Most commonly, cervicitis is the result of an infection, although it can also be caused by injury or irritation (as a reaction to the chemicals in douches and contraceptives, for example, or a forgotten tampon). The three most common infectious causes of cervicitis are chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomonas. All three are considered sexually transmitted diseases.

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How long do it take cervicitis to cure when taking medication?

How long do it take cervicitis to cure when taking medication?

Depends: It depends on what is causing the cervicitis. More information is needed to answer this properly.

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How long after taking medication for cervicitis should I feel better?

How long after taking medication for cervicitis should I feel better?

Cervicitis: It depends on the severity and the nature of medication used. Usually within a week.

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I have cervicitis and sores, I'm really scared that it's herpes. But they aren't painful and don't itch really. ?

I have cervicitis and sores, I'm really scared that it's herpes. But they aren't painful and don't itch really. ?

See a doctor.: Herpes appear in clusters and usually are very painful. Herpes can not be cured but it can be suppressed. Taking acyclovir can significantly prevent your partner from getting herpes also. If the lesions are active they can be cultured. If they go away, there are blood tests that can show if you have the antibody to Herpes. You should see a doctor for further diagnosis before having sex.

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How is cervicitis detected?

Testing: Cervicitis may be detected by culture or biopsy of the cervix.

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How can I treat cervicitis?

How can I treat cervicitis?

Depends: Cervicitis can be acute or chronic, it can be due to infection by virus, fungus, bacteria, or nonspecific. The treatment will depend on the cause of the cervicitis. You need to have a gyn evaluation to guide the treatment.