What is Chlamydia?

Chlamydia is a fairly common sexually transmitted infection which is spread by sexual contact.  If left untreated, it can lead to serious medical issues.  It is important to get tested as soon as possible if you feel that you or your partner may have Chlamydia.

The staff at Mobidoctor can help you get tested and treated for Chlamydia.   

Who is affected by Chlamydia?

Chlamydia can be contracted by anyone, regardless of age.  However, research shows that it is more common in young people, with 70% of the cases that are diagnosed being patients under the age of 25. 

The disease seems to be diagnosed more in women as well, although this may be attributed to the fact that women are more prone to seek medical attention than men. A study conducted in 2016 found that out of the 1.4 million young adults who took a Chlamydia test, 30 % were female, as opposed to only 12 % male.

Symptoms of Chlamydia

The majority of people who are infected with Chlamydia do not experience any symptoms.   Therefore, if you think you may have been exposed to Chlamydia, it is very important that you see a doctor to be tested.  Some people however, will experience symptoms.  Some symptoms that you may notice if you have contracted the disease may include:

  • A burning sensation when urinating (peeing)
  • A discharge from the vagina or penis

 

There are also symptoms that are particular to each sex. 

These include:

Women

  • Pelvic pain
  • Pain or bleeding during or after sexual intercourse
  • Heavier than normal menstruation (period)

 

Men

  • Pain in the testicles

 

How to test for Chlamydia?

If you have reason to believe that you have been exposed to the disease or if you are showing any of the symptoms that are listed above, you must seek medical attention and get tested.

What can cause Chlamydia?

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease that is contracted through sexual contact.  It can be passed on through vaginal, oral or anal sex, as well as the use of sex toys.  Because it is contracted through semen or vaginal fluids, it can also enter your body through your eyes. 

Using a condom and limiting the amount of sex partners you have, will statistically lessen your chances of being diagnosed with the disease.

How to treat Chlamydia?

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that can effectively be treated with antibiotics. The length of time that you will be on antibiotics will be determined by how long the disease had remained untreated.

In most cases however, the medication will begin to take effect within a week.

You may experience some side effects from the medication, such as stomach pains, diarrhea, and nausea, but they should not be long lasting.

Chlamydia and Pregnancy

If Chlamydia is left untreated, it can cause fertility complications and/or put your unborn child at risk. 

If pregnant, the disease may be passed on to your child, and may even lead to premature birth, miscarriage or still birth.

If not pregnant, Chlamydia can lower your chances of conceiving due to scarring, pelvic inflammatory disease, and ectopic pregnancy.