Mucopurulent Cervicitis

Mucopurulent cervicitis (MPC) is an infection of the cervix. MPC may be caused by bacteria or viruses that are spread during sexual contact. Examples of these germs are:

  • Gonorrhea.

  • Chlamydia.

  • Human papilloma virus (HPV).

  • Herpes virus.

  • Trichomonas.

The exact cause cannot always be determined until blood tests and cultures are done.


  • MPC will usually respond to oral or vaginal antibiotic medicine.

  • HPV of the cervix may have to be treated surgically with LEEP (electrocautery), cold knife cone of the cervix, or laser treatment of the cervix.

  • If bacterial vaginosis is present, it should be treated with antibiotics to help clear up MPC.

Finding out the results of your test

Ask when your test results will be ready. Make sure you get your results. You may require additional treatment after your final test results are known.


  • Do not have sex until the test results are known, treatment is completed, and your caregiver says it is okay.

  • Take your antibiotics as directed. Finish them even if you start to feel better.

  • Tell any sexual partners you have had in the past 60 days if your test results are positive for gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, or trichomonas. They will need to see a caregiver for a checkup and will require treatment even if their testing is negative.

  • Practice safe sex to prevent sexually transmitted infections. Use condoms.

  • Avoid tight pants and panty hose.

  • Wear cotton underwear.

  • Do not douche.

  • Do not use tampons, especially scented ones.

  • Do not use perfumed soaps around the vagina.

  • Use steroid cream for itching or irritation of the vulva as directed by your caregiver.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.