Mucopurulent Cervicitis (MPC)
MPC is caused by Chlamydia, gonorrhea or other STIs, and can lead to PID 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.
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.
Avoid douching because it can actually hide the symptoms of MPC making it harder to diagnose and treat.
As with all STIs, the most effective protection is to abstain from sexual activity or be monogamous with one long-term partner who does not have MPC or any other STI. Using latex condoms and dental dams can help reduce the risk of contracting or spreading the infection.