Chlamydia is a serious STD that cannot be ignored. This disease although not fatal, can lead to many other serious conditions that should not be overlooked. It is a disease that should be considered and taken very seriously due to all the other serious medical conditions it can lead to.
What Is An STD?
An STD is an abbreviation for Sexually Transmitted Disease. This refers to any disease that can be transmitted through sexual contact. Chlamydia is an STD.
What Are The Symptoms Of Chlamydia?
This is where it gets difficult because Chlamydia does have symptoms for men and women but for most people the disease goes on unnoticed or undiagnosed. This is because, for most people, the symptoms do not manifest themselves immediately. This is where the disease gets its reputation as a silent disease. This lack of overt symptoms often leads people to unknowingly spread the disease through ongoing casual sexual contact. Often, they do not even know that they have the disease, much less are passing it on.
However, when the symptoms do manifest themselves they are often quite similar to both men and women. Both often complain of burning sensations when urinating and complain of irregular and abnormal discharges from their penis or vagina.
If Untreated What Does Chlamydia Lead To?
If chlamydia is left unchecked it can lead to many other health complications.
For women, it can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease. This condition leads to damaged fallopian tubes. When the fallopian tubes are damaged, the chances to bear children diminish greatly and can indeed lead to infertility. This can also lead to an ectopic pregnancy. This condition is when a fertilized egg develops in the fallopian tube and not in the uterus where it should naturally occur. This can be fatal unless emergency surgery is performed at the soonest possible time.
In men, it can lead to a host of undesirable conditions such as proctitis which is inflammation in the rectal area. It also causes epididymitis and nongonococcal urethritis. Men can also develop infertility.
Preventative Measures Against Chlamydia.
There are a number of ways to lessen the chances of infection or developing chlamydia. The constant and proper use of condoms is one method. Using condoms during intercourse greatly reduces the chances of getting chlamydia or any other STD. Also reducing sexual partners and the frequency of intercourse is another way. Another way is by having a monogamous relationship with one certified uninfected individual. As long as you can guarantee that you both only have intercourse with each other, this can really greatly reduce your chance of getting infected. All these methods can minimize the chance of getting chlamydia. But you must also remember that the only true way to never get any STD is by total abstinence from sexual contact. As most individuals will not be able to do this, minimizing the risk of infection is the next best alternative. Education and a clear understanding of chlamydia and other STDs is the best thing here.