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Chlamydia Infection: Symptoms, Treatments & Risk Factors

What is chlamydia?

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Chlamydia is an infection that is transmitted sexually and infects both men and women. It can harm a woman's reproductive system permanently and dangerously. Her inability to get pregnant in the future will be because of this. Chlamydia may induce a dangerous ectopic pregnancy, which is deadly in many cases (pregnancy that occurs outside the womb).

How is chlamydia transmitted?

Chlamydia can be transmitted by intercourse of the oral, anal, or vaginal kind with someone who already has it.

Even if your sex partner does not ejaculate, you might still catch chlamydia.

You can develop chlamydia again even if you've had it before and been treated. Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease transmitted after the occurrence of unprotected intercourse with someone who is also infected. Chlamydia can be transmitted to a baby during delivery if the mother is infected.

What do I need to do to lower my chances of acquiring chlamydia?

To avoid STDs, one must abstain from engaging in any form of sex.

If you're sexually active, you can reduce your risk of contracting chlamydia by following these tips:

It is important to be in a long-term relationship, and your partner should have had a test that showed they did not have STDs. Additionally, always use a latex condom, and do it correctly every time you have sex.

Are my chances of getting chlamydia high?

Chlamydia may be transmitted by unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex, meaning that anybody who has sexual intercourse could have it. Sexually active young individuals are at significant risk of contracting chlamydia, however, that's not all bad news.  This is due to shared behavioural and biological characteristics among adolescents young people. Men who are both gay and bisexual, as well as those who engage in oral and anal sex, are also in danger of contracting the disease because it can spread through sexual contact.

Speak with your physician openly and honestly. Would you like to be tested for STDs like chlamydia? It is recommended that sexually active women under 25 should receive a chlamydia test every year. For older women who have many sexual partners, or who engage in unprotected intercourse with someone who has an STD, you should obtain a yearly test for chlamydia. People who are gay, bisexual, or engage in same-sex sexual activity should get tested for chlamydia as well because they have an increased risk of contracting it. Also, anyone who is pregnant or has had a recent pregnancy should get tested for chlamydia, because their risk of contracting it is greater.

I'm expecting. Is my baby going to be okay with chlamydia?

Pregnant women with chlamydia might transfer the infection to their babies in childbirth. You may have a newborn baby with an eye infection or pneumonia.  If you have chlamydia, it may increase your chances of delivering your baby too early.

Getting tested for chlamydia is one of the first things you should do if you are pregnant. The greatest ways to keep healthy are via testing and therapy.

Is there any way to find out if I have chlamydia?

People with chlamydia might not always have symptoms. Signs of an STD are more likely to show up after many weeks of having intercourse with an infected partner. Even if you don't notice any symptoms, Chlamydia may harm your reproductive system, even if it does so without symptoms.

Women with symptoms may notice

A vaginal discharge that is not typical, as well as a burning feeling when peeing.

Men's symptoms can include

 A red, irritated, burning sensation in the penis while urinating.

Discharge from the penis

Swelling in both testicles or both testicles with pain (although this is less common).

Rectal chlamydia can infect both males and women. either via receptive anal sex or infection transfer (such as the vagina). Infections from these illnesses usually aren't painful, although they might cause

Discharge, bleeding, and rectal discomfort.

If you see any of these signs, you need to go to your doctor. And if your partner has symptoms or has been diagnosed with an STD, it's important to go. A sexually transmitted disease (STD) can be diagnosed based on symptoms, which may include a new, uncomfortable sore; a bad odour; a feeling of burning when peeing; or bleeding in between menstrual cycles.

I recently received the diagnosis. What am I supposed to do?

Is there some way to tell if I have chlamydia?

A laboratory can tell if someone has chlamydia by testing samples. Doctors often use cotton swabs to take samples from a patient's vaginal area to find chlamydia.

Is there a treatment for chlamydia?

Chlamydia is a treatable disease. To treat your illness, you have to be sure to take all of the medication your doctor recommends. Proper usage will halt the infection and will lower your risk of problems in the future. Chlamydia is highly contagious, therefore you should never share your medicine with anybody.

Many people are infected with chlamydia more than once. Even if your partner has been treated, you will need to be retested around three months later, regardless.

Treated for chlamydia when will I be able to have sex again?

You must refrain from having intercourse until therapy is finished. If your doctor gives you a prescription for a one-time treatment, then wait a week before having intercourse after you use the drug. It's a good idea to wait until after taking all of your medication doses before having sex if your doctor prescribed the meds for a week.

What's going to happen if I'm not treated?

Many people are unaware of the consequences that chlamydia brings. Chlamydia causes several severe illnesses.

untreated chlamydia can make its way to your uterus and fallopian tubes and stay there, which might mean infertility and miscarriage for you if you're a woman (tubes that carry fertilized eggs from the ovaries to the uterus). Pelvic inflammatory disease can be caused by this (PID). PID is typically symptomless, however, it can cause pelvic and abdominal discomfort in certain women. Even if PID doesn't create symptoms at first, it can cause irreversible harm to your reproductive system, even if it's not noticed right away. Long-term pelvic discomfort, infertility, and life-threatening ectopic pregnancy can all be caused by PID (pregnancy outside the uterus).

Chlamydia seldom affects men's health. The tube that transports sperm from the testicles might be infected, producing inflammation and a temperature increase. For men, Chlamydia might hinder them from being able to have children.

There is a link between chlamydia and HIV, which causes AIDS.

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