Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases, which can affect women and men equally. It can, for example, cause serious damage to a woman’s reproductive organs, infertility and other issues later on. This sexually transmitted disease can also cause a very harmful and painful state in women, called a fatal ectopic pregnancy, which is basically pregnancy that happens outside the womb, and it has its own risks. Chlamydia is spread through anal, vaginal or oral sex contact with an infected person. If you have unprotected sex, there is a high risk of you or your partner in getting infected with this sexually transmitted disease.

Risks

Basically the only way not to get infected with chlamydia is not to practice unprotected sex of any kind. Also, if you are sexually active, you can reduce the risks of getting infected with this sexually transmitted disease by being in a monogamous relationship with a partner who has performed most of the STDs tests, and using condoms while having sex. Anyone who practices unprotected sex with an infected partner can get chlamydia, no exception. Teenagers and young adults are of course at a much higher risk of getting infected with chlamydia than anyone else, which is because of different and risky behaviors and biological factors that are predominant in the development of a child, or in puberty, if you like. There is a high risk involving chlamydia when we talk about pregnancy, because if the mother is infected with it, chlamydia can easily be transmitted to a newborn child. Also, having chlamydia while pregnant can cause you to deliver your baby much earlier than expected, and we all know that that brings some new issues on the table, so to speak.

Symptoms

The thing about chlamydia is that it doesn’t show any symptoms, at least not for two or three weeks, from getting infected with it. But, even if chlamydia doesn’t cause any symptoms, it can still do a lot of damage to your reproductive, and in general, your health system. There are pointers, nevertheless. In women, there may be visible a vaginal discharge and a burning sensation when urinating. In men, the discharge is still there, form their penis, as well as the burning sensation, so the symptoms in both men and women are the same.

Tests and Treatment

Your doctor will perform some laboratory tests so that he can diagnose chlamydia, or any other sexually transmitted disease that you might be having. You will usually have to give them a urine sample or a sample form your genital area. Chlamydia can be treated with the right amount of antibiotics, or the right treatment. The first damage that chlamydia can cause to your body often goes unnoticed, but there is a greater risk of getting infected again, especially if you don’t get tested regularly. If you don’t get treated for chlamydia, you can have a lot of consequences afterwards, which can mess up your whole body and your whole health system.