Journal article

Pelvic examination leads to changed clinical management in very few women diagnosed with asymptomatic chlamydia infection

Yi Man Lee, Anil Samaranayake, Christopher K Fairley, Marcus Y Chen, Fiona MacFarlane, Catriona S Bradshaw, Jane S Hocking

SEXUAL HEALTH | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2010

Abstract

The present study aimed to determine whether pelvic examinations change clinical management of women with asymptomatic chlamydia infection. Records for women with asymptomatic chlamydia who underwent a pelvic examination at a sexual health clinic in Melbourne, Australia (January 2006 to June 2007) were analysed retrospectively. Of 91 cases, 31 (34%) warranted examination; one woman (1%; 95% confidence interval: 0.5%, 6.4%) had muco-purulent cervicitis and mild tenderness, and was treated for possible pelvic inflammatory disease. These data suggest that a pelvic examination will lead to changes in treatment for very few women diagnosed with asymptomatic chlamydia infection.