Inflammation of the cervix (neck of the womb) is known as cervicitis.  Infection of cervix can be of various types, bacterial or viral.

What are the Causes ?

In young sexually active women infection of the cervix is usually caused by sexually transmitted infections such as bacterial vaginosis, trichomonial infection, gonorrhea, chlamydia and herpes. Sometimes if you are doing frequent douching (using liquids to clean your vagina) can lead to cervicitis.

What are the symptoms of cervicitis?
  • Vaginal discharge which is excess in amount and foul smelling
  • You can have some itching at the external genitalia
  • Pain during sex
  • Pain in your lower tummy
  • Irregular bleeding pervagina (could be bleeding between your periods or bleeding after sexual intercourse)
  • Soreness of the external genitalia
What test will be required for diagnosis?
  • Your doctor may do internal examination and take a swab from the cervical and vaginal discharge to check what organism is causing the infection.
What are the treatment options available?
  • Treatment for cervicitis is generally by antibiotics. You and your partner may be advised to take course of antibiotics. Antibiotics may be given oral and in sever cases you may be advised to take inject able antibiotics.