One of the many sexually-transmitted diseases that affect both men and women, young and old, is known as Chlamydia. Statistics say that around four million Americans get infected with the disease every year, and the number will continue to rise if it is left undiagnosed and untreated.
Chlamydia is known as a ‘silent disease’ because a person who is infected with it may not show any symptoms for a long time. Because of that, the infection is left undisturbed and can freely spread all over the body, or from one person to another. One only realizes he or she is sick is when the complications show up, and it is already too late to do something about it.
Men and women get different sets of symptoms from Chlamydia. Read further to know how different they are.
Symptoms of Chlamydia in Women
Chlamydia takes between one and three weeks to incubate, meaning the first symptoms will only show up once this period lapses.
A female Chlamydia patient will experience nausea, accompanied by pains in the lower abdominal area. The vagina will start to smell foul, and strange, milky vaginal discharge that looks like mucus will also appear. Pain when urinating and sex will also occur. She will have irregular menstrual periods.
Those who engaged in oral sex with another infected person will have sore throat or some other type of throat infection.
If not treated immediately, the symptoms will transform into serious complications such as pelvic inflammatory disease or PID, miscarriage, cervicitis, ectopic pregnancy, infertility, and salpingitis.
Symptoms of Chlamydia in Men
Statistics say more than forty million males in the world are infected with Chlamydia. Here are the symptoms that they should watch out for:
A male patient will experience a burning pain sensation during urination. He will have strange discharges coming out from his penis. Look out for stains in the underwear for this. Also, swelling of the testicles is a sign of Chlamydia in its early stage.
Those who engaged in anal sex with another infected individual will suffer from swelling in the rectal area. The patient will feel pain and some burning sensation, and will experience bleeding and discharge.
Those who engaged in oral sex can get sore throat.
How to Diagnose Chlamydia
Once you notice any of the symptoms happening to you, it is advised that you go see your doctor. In the early stages, these medical professionals will prescribe you with antibiotics that you have to take for a period of time. You will be told to abstain so as to not spread the disease around. Have your sexual partner tested as well so that he or she will also receive treatment while the infection is still not that bad.
The use of protection when having sex plays a crucial role in the spread of STDs. We should be aware of that and educate ourselves so as not to endanger our and other people’s health.