Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Symptoms of Chlamydia

November 12, 2012

Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Symptoms of Chlamydia

Chlamydia is one of the more common sexually transmitted diseases that is of bacterial origin. As far as sexually transmitted diseases go, this is one of the better ones to get in terms of repercussions and it is treatable and curable. However, if left unchecked may cause infertility. Quite often women who are treated for chlamydia often forget that their sexual partners have it as well and end up getting reinfected. Make sure to have your sexual partner diagnosed and treated as well. Symptoms of chlamydia often go undetected.

The symptoms of chlamydia include: urination pain, vaginal discharge, lower abdomen pain, pain or bleeding during sex, bleeding after sex, bleeding between menstruation and unusually heavy periods. However, most individuals (70-80%) don’t pick up on any symptoms and often if symptoms do occur they don’t occur till many months later. Unfortunately, the infection has probably spread by that time. Symptoms of chlamydia also can occur in men. The symptoms most commonly reported include: pain when urinating, white or cloudy discharge at the tip of the penis and painful testicles. If chlamydia is left untreated in women, it may cause pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, miscarriage and possibly ectopic pregnancy. If left untreated in men, they may end up with inflamed testicles, arthritis and infertility.

Symptoms of chlamydia are often hidden and as such it has been called the “silent” disease. This allows time for the bacterium to find its way into other tissues and cause some real damage. Chlamydia will infect the urethra and can find itself up in the bladder. It can infect the cervix and spread through the uterus into the fallopian tubes. The fallopian tubes are were unfertilized eggs from the ovaries go to become fertilized. This little bacterium gets around in no time. It is possible for the cervical infection to spread to the rectum. Men and women or men and men who have anal sex can pass it along. Symptoms of chlamydia in the rectum include rectal pain, discharge and possibly bleeding. And, if you’re having oral sex, chlamydia can be found in your throats. Symptoms of chlamydia in the throat go unnoticed.

As much as chlamydia can infect the vagina, cervix, fallopian tubes, urethra, bladder, rectum, testicles and throat, it can also infect the eye. If infected semen or vaginal fluid comes in contact with your eye, you can get a chlamydia eye infection which can develop into conjunctivitis. Symptoms of chlamydia in the eye include painful irritation, inflammation and a discharge.

Symptoms of chlamydia, although are often not experienced, makes this sexually transmitted disease no less dangers than others. Because symptoms are often absent, allows for chlamydia to spread without knowledge. For that reason, you need to be very careful who you choose to have sex with. Loss of fertility may be devastating to you especially if you are young and in fact teenage females are more susceptible to this sexually transmitted disease more so than woman who are older.

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