Mucopurulent Cervicitis (MPC)
Mucopurulent Cervicitis is caused by Chlamydia, gonorrhea or other sexually transmitted infections, and can lead to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease if left untreated.
Although MPC sometimes comes with no signs or symptoms, for women it can cause bleeding during or after sex, unusual vaginal discharge, spotting between periods, lower abdominal pain or pain during sex.
An infected person can have yellow vaginal discharge, spotting with blood, redness of the cervix, pain with intercourse, and burning during urination. A doctor can diagnose mucopurulent cervicitis by observations during a patient s examination and by microscopic study of discharge. A doctor may have cultures done for specific bacteria and will try to determine whether the patient has pelvic inflammatory disease. Patients who have MPC should be tested for Chlamydia trachomatis and for Neisseria gonorrhoeae, but mucopurulent cervicitis is not a sensitive predictor of infection with these organisms because most women who have chlamydia or gonorrhea do not have MPC.
Depending on symptoms and the results of other STI tests, there are several different kinds of antibiotics that might be prescribed to treat MPC. Even after treatment, you may be asked to schedule a follow-up to make sure the infection is totally cleared up and there is no risk of getting PID later.
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