Chlamydia

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What will happen if I don’t get treatment for Chlamydia?

If left untreated in women chlamydia can cause inflammation of the cervix (cervicitis) which can spread into the uterus and fallopian tubes. This can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which can cause chronic pain, an increased risk of ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy in the fallopian tube) or even infertility.

Pregnant women can pass chlamydia onto their children, giving them infections of the eye, nose, throat, or pneumonia.

If left untreated in men chlamydia can cause urethral and testicular infections. It can also cause a serious form of urethritis (inflammation of the tube along which urine and semen pass through the penis), chronic pain and possible fertility problems. These complications are preventable if chlamydia is diagnosed and treated early.

If you have had unprotected sex since your last sexual health screen it is recommended you get tested at your local doctor or Marie Stopes International clinic.
 

How do I treat chlamydia?

Chlamydia can be easily treated with a course of antibiotics. The treatment is safe, simple and effective, usually only requiring a single dose of antibiotic tablets.
It is important to understand that anyone who has tested positive for chlamydia has almost certainly passed it onto their partner/s if they have had unprotected sex. In order to effectively treat chlamydia, it is very important that both/all current partners receive antibiotic treatment at the same time; otherwise you may be reinfected and continue to pass the infection back and forth. It is also advised to avoid unprotected sex (vaginal, anal or oral) for at least seven days after you and your partner/s have finished the course of antibiotics to ensure you do not reinfect each other.

The only way to avoid contracting an STI is to always practice safe sex by using a condom. It is recommended to have regular sexual health checks at your local doctor or Marie Stopes International clinic to ensure an STI does not go undiagnosed.
 

How do I prevent catching chlamydia?

Condoms are the only form of contraception that can protect you against contracting chlamydia or any other form of sexually transmitted infection (STI). It is also advised that you wash your hands immediately after sex and avoiding hand-to-eye contact. If you have unprotected sex, even just once, you are at risk of contracting an STI. If you have had unprotected sex since your last sexual health screen it is recommended you get tested at your local doctor or Marie Stopes International clinic.

What are the symptoms of chlamydia?

While symptoms of chlamydia may appear 2-3 weeks after contact, there are some cases where symptoms may not show for years, if at all. Symptoms of chlamydia that women may experience include unusual vaginal discharge, pain during sex and urinating, increased frequency of needing to urinate, vaginal bleeding or spotting between periods or after sex and abdominal pain. Men may experience discharge from the tip of the penis, pain when urinating and/or pain/swelling of testicles if left untreated. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it is recommended you visit your local doctor or Marie Stopes International clinic for a sexual health check.

How do I get chlamydia?

Chlamydia can be transmitted during unprotected vaginal, anal and oral sex or transmitted via fingers from genitals to the eyes. The only way to protect yourself from contracting chlamydia is to practice safe sex by using a condom. If you have had unprotected sex since your last sexual health screen it is recommended you get tested at your local doctor or Marie Stopes International clinic.

What is chlamydia?

Chlamydia (pronounced clar-midi-yer) is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the bacteria Chlamydia Trachomatis. Chlamydia can affect both men and women in areas such as the penis, cervix, urethra, vagina, fallopian tubes, anus, rectum, and less commonly the throat and/or eyes. Symptoms can include but are not limited to vaginal discharge, pain when urinating or pain during sex. Symptoms of chlamydia can also lie dormant for years and if left untreated chlamydia can lead to a decrease in fertility. Chlamydia tests are readily available and treatment is both simple and effective. If you have had unprotected sex since your last sexual health screen it is recommended you get tested at your local doctor or Marie Stopes International clinic.