Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection that is common in men and women alike. There are no distinguishing symptoms when one gets infected with chlamydia, at least not at the beginning. Women and men can experience a burning urinal sensation, pain in the abdominal region, painful sexual intercourse, for women, and a genital discharge, which should be alarming enough for them to get tested for this disease. If you have one of the above-mentioned symptoms, you should definitely see a doctor and ask him to get tested for this sexually transmitted disease. Chlamydia is usually caused by bacteria and is transmitted through vaginal, anal or oral sexual contact, and of course, if practicing unsafe sex.
Risks And Associations
Some of the factors that increase the risk of getting infected with chlamydia are age, if you are under 25, then if you are having multiple partners during a year or so, if you are not using a condom and therefore practicing unsafe sex, and if you have a history of being infected before, at least once in your life.
This sexually transmitted disease can be associated with PID, which is a pelvic inflammatory disease, which is an infection of the uterus and fallopian tubes and can be treated with antibiotics that you get intravenously. Also, there are infections that can cause pain in the testicles and around that area, which is manifested in swelling in that area. Then there is a prostate gland infection, which speaks for itself, other infections in newborn babies, if the mother is infected while she is pregnant, infertility and possibly reactive arthritis, which usually affects the joins and the urethra.
What To Do
Before you go on an appointment with your doctor, try to answer questions about your symptoms and when they started to manifest themselves, what makes them better or worse, what medications do you take regularly, if any, and so on. It would also be helpful to prepare a list of questions you want to ask the doctor, for example, should you be tested for other sexually transmitted diseases, and should your partner be tested for those as well, and you might also ask if you can have sex during treatment of a sexually transmitted disease, in this case, chlamydia, and how can you prevent the infection to spread onto others. These are all crucial questions that need answers when it comes to this, and other, sexually transmitted diseases. What you can expect from your doctor will be a dozen of other questions about you and your sexual life, questions about how many sexual partners do you have, do you use condoms on a regular basis, are you experiencing any pelvis pain or is it painful to urinate, as well as do you have wounds or discharge coming out of your genital area. All these are intimate questions, but you shouldn.t be shy to answer them, because it is for your own good, and for the good of your partners, and you can control the disease.