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Mucopurulent Cervicitis

{MPC}

Mucopurulent Cervicitis (MPC) is an STI of the cervix (opening to the uterus). Oftentimes, it’s a result of another STI such as chlamydia and gonorrhea but can also be caused by other germs. The germs can live in the cervix for a long time before symptoms become apparent.

Transmission

Through unprotected sex with a partner infected with bacteria known to cause MPC.

Prevention

Use internal or external condoms and encourage open and honest communication with your partner(s).

Symptoms

Some people with vulvas/vaginas won’t have symptoms. When symptoms are present they include the following:

  • Vaginal discharge
  • Bleeding between periods or after sex
  • Abdominal pain
  • Pain during or after vaginal sex

The best way to determine if you have MPC is to get examined and tested by a doctor or nurse.

 

Treatment

MPC is treated with antibiotics. Make sure you and your partner(s) are both treated. You can become re-infected with MPC through unprotected sex with a new partner or a partner who hasn’t been treated.

Your partner(s) also needs to be tested and treated even if there are no symptoms. You can get re-infected if you have condomless sex (oral, vaginal, or anal) before your partner(s) is treated.

Complications

  • MPC can spread up into your uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries.
  • Once spread, the infection can cause PID. (link)
  • Infertility
  • Tubal pregnancy (fertilized egg outside of the uterus)

All serious long-term problems can be prevented with early treatment.

When is okay to have sex again?

It takes one week for the antibiotic to rid the body of the infection. With that in mind, avoid sex (oral, vaginal, anal without a condom) for 7 days after you and your partner(s) have finished treatment.

Other resources

What to expect when
getting tested

Get comfortable with the process.

  • What to bring
    to your
    appointment
  • What will
    you be
    asked?
  • What the
    tests
    involve

What to bring
to your
appointment

Your name and contact details and questions about your sexual history.

  • A form of ID (driver's license, passport)
  • Your health care card

What will
you be
asked?

Questions about your recent sexual history.

When you last had sex, whether it was unprotected, what kind of symptoms you have...

What the
tests
involve

A few different potential tests involve procedures that aren’t a huge deal.

Pelvic exams, swab tests, blood tests and or urine tests

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