Your doctor conduct a physical examination that includes the following to identify cervicitis:

  • A pelvic exam. Your doctor examines your pelvic organs during this procedure to evaluate for any tenderness or swelling. Additionally, the doctor might insert a speculum into your vagina to view the cervix and the upper, lower, and side walls of the vagina.
  • Laboratory test. Your doctor will take a sample of cervical and vaginal fluid using a small cotton swab or brush, much like a pap test. To evaluate for infections, your doctor sends the sample to a laboratory. A urine sample may also be used for laboratory tests.


Cervicitis brought on by an allergic reaction to items like spermicide or feminine hygiene products will not require medical attention. If cervicitis occurred due to an STI, such as gonorrhea and chlamydia as well as bacterial infections like bacterial vaginosis both you and your spouse will require therapy with antibiotics.

If you have genital herpes, your doctor might recommend antiviral medicine because it shortens the duration of your cervicitis symptoms. Herpes is a chronic illness that can be transmitted to a partner through intercourse at any time and has no treatment.
In order to rule out gonorrhea or chlamydia-related cervicitis, your doctor may also advise repeat testing.

Wait to have sex until you’ve finished the medication your doctor has prescribed in order to prevent spreading a bacterial infection to your partner.