ChlamydiaChlamydia is a type of Sexually Transmitted Disease that can be easily treated yet it has no symptoms making it hard to treat for common people. Oftentimes, a good practice of safe sex such as using condom can protect you from Chlamydia infection.

Chlamydia Facts

  1. Chlamydia is pronounced as klah -MIH –dee-ah
  2. It is the most common sexually transmitted infection among Americans infecting at least 3 million people annually
  3. It is most common among people below 25 years old
  4. In figures, Chlamydia is more common than gonorrhea (about three times more common) and is 50x more common than syphilis
  5. This bacteria can infect the private parts of a person (vagina, anus, penis, urethra) as well as throat and eye

How to would you know if you have Chlamydia?

The problem with Chlamydia is that it has no symptoms at all and oftentimes, 90% of infected men and women wouldn’t know that they have it. For those who experienced some symptoms, the common symptoms of a Chlamydia infection are:

For women

  • Abdominal pain
  • Painful discharge in the vagina or burning sensation when urinating
  • Excessive bleeding during menstrual period
  • Low grade fever
  • Painful intercourse or vaginal bleeding after intercourse
  • Swelling in the anus or around the vagina
  • Having the urge to urinate more often than normal
  • Smelly discharge from the cervix
  • Itchy and bleeding anus
  • Diarrhea
  • Throat soreness

For Men

  • Burning sensation when urinating
  • Watery discharge of the penis
  • Swollen testicles
  • Swelling around the anus
  • Itchy and bleeding anus
  • Diarrhea
  • Throat soreness

Note: these symptoms are often mild and disappear after a few hours. If you often experience it though, it might be a red flag so seek medical attention immediately.

Threat of Chlamydia

When Chlamydia is treated immediately, it can be cleared in a few days since it has no symptoms, it is often left untreated for a period of time. This makes it complicated and it can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease or PID. PID causes inability to get pregnant among women. In men, this condition is called epididymitis, leading to sterility among men. In addition, men who have untreated Chlamydia can develop reactive arthritis that can cause disabling joint pains.

Since Chlamydia has no symptoms and when it does, it only appears for a short period of time, it is important to be watchful of your body especially if you have active sex life and you have experienced having multiple partners. A slight symptom can indicate a possible start of a major health problem so don’t disregard it and seek medical attention immediately. Get tested for Chlamydia infection as soon as you can.

If you think you were exposed to someone with sexually transmitted disease not specifically Chlamydia bacteria, seek medical attention and do not wait for it to grow inside your body. There are tests that can determine if you are infected with any virus or bacteria by simply swabbing your private parts or gums or through a blood test.