Learn the Signs and Symptoms of Chlamydia

November 12, 2012

Learn the Signs and Symptoms of Chlamydia

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease that can leave women infertile. This disease is spread through two ways. The most common way is through any kind of intimate contact with an infected person’s genitals, including anal or oral sex. The second way is less common. Babies can be born with chlamydia if their mothers are infected and have a normal vaginal delivery.

Silent Symptoms

Chlamydia affects people differently. Some people will experience symptoms of chlamydia within a week of having sex with an infected partner while others will go months before any symptoms appear. A person is still infected even if they do not show any symptoms.

This is why it is important for sexually active people to get tested for chlamydia every year or if they have unprotected sex with a new partner. Pregnant women should also get tested to avoid transmitting the disease to their offspring. Chlamydia is easily tested through a urinalysis or a sample from the genitals.

Typical Symptoms of Chlamydia in Men

Only about 50% of men with chlamydia experience any symptoms. Men with chlamydia suffer slightly different symptoms than women. The symptoms are similar to a balder infection so any man suffering these symptoms needs to go to a doctor to get a proper diagnosis and the correct treatment. Typical symptoms include:

  • Painful burning sensation when urinating

  • Clear or cloudy mucus-like discharge oozing from the penis tip

  • Tenderness of the testicles

  • Pain in the testicles

  • Constant burning sensation around the tip of the penis

  • Constant itchiness on the tip of the penis

Chlamydia can be successfully treated with antibiotics. If a man does not get treated, he faces long-term problems such as permanently swollen testicles (which can become grotesquely swollen); infertility and inflammatory arthritis.

Typical Symptoms of Chlamydia in Women

Only 20 – 30% of women with chlamydia experience any symptoms or signs. Of those few that do, these are the most common:

  • Pain during vaginal intercourse

  • Bleeding during or just after vaginal intercourse

  • Pain or soreness in the abdomen, sometimes coupled with nausea

  • Burning pain in the genitals when urinating

  • Dripping or oozing a clear or cloudy discharge from the vagina

  • Bleeding or spotting in between normal periods

  • Periods with heavier or longer lasting blood flow

  • Constant fever

These symptoms of chlamydia are also symptoms of many other illnesses, including cancer. These symptoms should never be ignored. Women who do not get their chlamydia treated risk of developing pelvic inflammatory disease; are at higher risk of having miscarriages or having fertilized eggs try to grow in the fallopian tubes instead of the womb (ectopic pregnancies.) All ectopic pregnancies need to be aborted in order to save the life of the mother. Medical experts also believe that women infected with chlamydia place themselves at risk of getting HIV.

Atypical Symptoms

Both men and women can experience symptoms in the rectum or the throat, depending on whether they had anal or oral sex with an infected partner. Symptoms can also appear in the eyes if even a minute amount of contaminated sexual fluid got into the eyes. This often happens when a person gets fluid on their hands and then rubs their eyes. Atypical symptoms of chlamydia include:

  • Constant swelling, itchiness and redness of the eyes

  • Pain and bleeding of the rectum

  • Clear or cloudy liquid discharge from the rectum

  • Constant sore throat

Men and women with atypical symptoms are still at risk of developing long-term health complications just as those with typical symptoms.

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