What is Chlamydia?

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis. It is one of the most widely spread STDs in the United States and in other parts of the world.

Who are at risk of contracting Chlamydia?

There are certain groups of people that are more susceptible to being infected with Chlamydia. First, those that are sexually active are at high risk of getting the infection. Second, those that do not use protection when having sex are also in danger of contracting Chlamydia. Third, those that have multiple sex partners are more likely to get sick with Chlamydia. Finally, those that share needles and other materials for drug injection have higher chances of contracting the infection.

What are the symptoms of Chlamydia?

There are several symptoms of Chlamydia and they may vary among men and women. Here are the most common Chlamydia symptoms:

In men:

  • Pain while urinating
  • Pain in the testicles
  • Swelling of the testicles
  • Strange discharge from the penis
  • Itchiness around the tip of the penis

In women:

  • Pain while having sex
  • Pain while urinating
  • Nausea
  • Bleeding in between menstrual periods
  • Lower back pains
  • Strange discharge from the vagina

How do you deal with the symptoms of Chlamydia?

Once you experience the symptoms of Chlamydia, you have to get tested for Chlamydia right away. It is important that the infection is diagnosed as early as possible so that the proper treatment can be administered.

People are advised to consult their doctors in order to get tested for Chlamydia. They should also go to a health clinic and undergo a Chlamydia test.

What are the complications of Chlamydia?

People who manifest the symptoms of Chlamydia but fail to get tested for Chlamydia will develop different kinds of complications that may be destructive to the body in many ways.

In men, epididymitis is common to undiagnosed and untreated Chlamydia patients. Epidydimitis is a disease that causes swelling and pain in the scrotum and the testicles. If not treated, it can progress to infertility.

In women, the pelvic inflammatory disease is a common complication for undiagnosed and untreated Chlamydia. Moreover, tubal pregnancies or ectopic pregnancies and infertility may also develop if testing and treatment of Chlamydia are neglected.