Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted disease. It can spread easily and it often has no initial symptoms. For this reason, it can often spread unnoticed among sexual partners. Below are some of the common chlamydia symptoms that appear in men and women.
The symptoms of chlamydia normally appear between one and three weeks after sexual contact with an infected person. In some cases, symptoms may not develop until several months later. The symptoms may disappear after a few days of contracting the infection; however, even if they do disappear, the infection may still be present and capable of .being passed on to others.
Nearly 70% of women who contract chlamydia don’t notice any initial symptoms. When symptoms do appear, they commonly include pain when urinating and an unusual vaginal discharge. Women may also suffer from pelvic or stomach pains and may notice unusual bleeding either during or after sex and between periods. They may also experience heavier than normal periods.
If left untreated, chlamydia can spread to the uterus and cause a condition called pelvic inflammatory disease, which is one of the main causes of ectopic pregnancy and infertility.
Nearly half of all men who are infected with chlamydia don’t notice any symptoms. If they do experience symptoms, the most common include painful urination and a cloudy discharge from the penis. There may also be a burning or itching sensation in the urethra and pain in the testicles. If left untreated, chlamydia can cause swelling in the testicles, which could affect male fertility.
Chlamydia can also infect the rectum if a person has unprotected anal sex. The symptoms of a rectal infection include discomfort and an unusual discharge from the rectum. If a person has unprotected oral sex, they may also contract a chlamydia infection in the throat; however, this is very uncommon and there are usually no symptoms. The infection can even affect the eyes if they come into contact with infected vaginal fluid or semen, which may cause the person to develop conjunctivitis symptoms.
Chlamydia is normally diagnosed with laboratory tests. Your doctor may ask you to provide a sample of your urine or a swab from the vagina or penis to test for chlamydia. Chlamydia can be cured with the right medical treatment. You must take all of the medication that your doctor prescribes in order to cure the infection and decrease the chances of developing complications later on. You should never share chlamydia medication with anyone else. It is common to develop a repeat of the infection, so it is a good idea to be re-tested for chlamydia approximately three months after completing treatment.
The best way to avoid contracting an STD is to avoid having unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex or to practice abstinence. This means being in a long-term monogamous relationship with your partner and ensuring that both of you have been tested for STDs such as chlamydia. You should also use latex condoms correctly every time you have sex.