Introduction to Chlamydia
A sexually transmitted disease, Chlamydia usually show no symptoms at all. In USA, especially in New York, around 65% of cases are reported of Chlamydia, where usually the host or the bearer has no knowledge of.
The disease usually claims attention after 1-3 weeks of exposure and thus is known as a silent killer. If Chlamydia goes un-diagnosed and untreated then it can later progress in to more severe form, which can either lead to cancer or AIDS.
So it is important to recognize the disease well on time and get properly diagnosed for the same. Below we list the symptoms of Chlamydia both in Women and Men. Keep reading!
- The STD or Chlamydia is generally caused by the bacterium named as Chlamydia trachomatis.
- Antibiotics are generally used to treat chlamydia infection.
- Chlamydia is asymptomatic which means that majority of people are unknown to the fact that they are diagnosed with Chlamydia.
- If Chlamydia goes untreated then it can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease i.e. ectopic pregnancy, chronic pelvic pain, infertility in women.
Symptoms in Women
Chlamydia in Women has claimed many lives in the past decade, especially in New York which is one of the primary cities of the United States.
When it comes to figures, then it is claimed that 1 in 15 teenage sexually active girls are reportedly suffering from Chlamydia. Stating the numbers, according to a report, in the year 2016, around 1.8 Million of population was reportedly diagnosed with Chlamydia.
How Chlamydia progresses in Women:
The bacterium responsible for causing Chlamydia enters the cervix of a women which is also recognized as the pathway in between uterus and the vagina.
From there, the infection progresses to urethra, Fallopian tubes and the uterus. If the condition is left un-diagnosed and untreated, then it can easily lead to pelvic inflammatory disease and offer some serious consequences like AIDS and cancer, as stated earlier.
Basic Symptoms of Chlamydia in Women
- Bleeding between periods
- Pain during sex
- Lower bellyache
- Pain during urination
- Nausea and Fever
- Lower back pain
- Sore throat
- Abnormal vaginal discharge with also a differentiated odor.
- Inflamed eye
- Rectal pain, discharge or even bleeding
6 facts about Chlamydia in Women
- Women in between 15-25 years of age are most susceptible to Chlamydia.
- It does not spread by physical touch, but only spreads when there is a sexual intercourse.
- The infection can have long term consequences on the body like infertility or scarring in the reproductive tract.
- A woman who is undiagnosed or have a higher percentage of Chlamydia infection can pass on the infection to the newborn or fetus during pregnancy.
- Chlamydia infection creates a sensitivity in the body and can return once again enter the system.
- It is not easy to get rid of the infection but still it is treatable and can be prevented.
Symptoms in Men
It is a fact that Chlamydia in both Men and Women do not show any symptoms at all during the 1-3 weeks of its exposure. But unlike women who stands at 75% of chances of NOT recognizing the disease, Men are likely at 50% of NOT knowing that they are infected.
During the initial days of Chlamydia infection, there is a thick, yellow-white, milky or watery discharge happening from the penis. There will be a burning sensation while urinating and also, swelling and pain in the testes might happen.
If the infection goes untreated in men, then it can lead to ongonococcal urethritis or NGU-- urethral infection, and epididymitis--epididymis infection, Prostate gland infection and Proctitis.
How Chlamydia spreads in Men
Chlamydia in Men usually spreads through oral sex, anal or even vaginal sex.
Basic symptoms of Chlamydia in Men
- Itching, burning and irritation around the opening of the penis
- Testicular swelling and pain
- Rectal pain, bleeding or discharge
- Inflamed eye
- Sore throat
- Abnormal penile discharge which can look like thick, milky or watery, yellow-white like substance.
- Pain during urinating.
6 facts about Chlamydia in Men
- Men or Boys under the age of 24 are likely to get exposed to Chlamydia infection.
- Chances of extracting Chlamydia is high when you engage with multiple sex partners in a year.
- Unprotected sex increases the risks of Chlamydia.
- Men who have been previously diagnosed with an STD are likely to get diagnosed with Chlamydia easily.
- The infection does not spreads through casual contact and only spreads through sexual intercourse.
- The first symptom of Chlamydia is usually burning sensation while urinating and abdominal pain along with the same.
How to treat Chlamydia?
Before starting the treatment of Chlamydia, it is important to get yourself checked. There cannot be any cure, without the knowledge of the level of infection you body has acquired. Since there have been tremendous cases of the Chlamydia diagnosis, in the recent decade, it becomes more and more important to take a Chlamydia Test.
You can order a Panel test through us while sitting at home and book the same. Your information will be kept confidential and there will be minimalistic paperwork in the process. The test results are usually provided with 1-2 business days along with a step-to-step guide to start a treatment.
In case you are not sure about the symptoms, then you can visit us in our STD clinic in New York, where we will provide you qualified guidance from our doctors. They are equipped in offering both psychological and medical assistance for you in order to understand your body well, and then materialize a proper treatment for the same, upon successful diagnosis after the test results are out.
In case you feel you have Chlamydia, then what to do?
Knowing that you are infected with the disease can lead you to mental trauma, but it should be seen in great light that you are now informed.
Knowing is better than not knowing, and now you can take steps in order to eliminate the disease. Your first step should be to getting a proper STD check as cure can only be implemented after the diagnosis.
Remember it is not the end of the world, and you can have a better life after getting a good diagnosis of the disease. Stay safe and have protected sex.