Cervicitis is an inflammation of the cervix caused by an infection, usually a sexual transmitted infection. The most common infections are chlamydia, gonorrhoea, genital herpes and genital warts. Women may not notice any symptoms if they are affected, but usually the cervicitis increases vaginal discharge, causing pain during intercourse, burning, cystitis, abnormal vaginal bleeding (after intercourse, after menopause, between periods), pelvic pressure or heaviness and even skin lesions around the pubic hair. If not treated in time, the infection can reach the fallopian tubes and uterus. It is important to perform a pelvic examination at onset of symptoms. Cervicitis is usually treated with antibiotics in case of bacterial infections such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea, with antivirals for herpes infections or hormones in women who have reached menopause.
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