Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases which is caused by bacteria. The dangerous thing about this infection is that a lot of people have no experience over the signs or symptoms which will indicate them of having the infection inside their body. Although, when we have a closer look at the symptoms of any sexually transmitted diseases, what we can observe is some of the most common hints like that of strange discharge from the vagina or penis or bleeding while having intercourse. In Chlamydia, you won’t be able to identify it at first if you have any effects of having the infection.
Chlamydia can affect both men and women and can happen to anyone at any age group. Studies have found that this disease is very common in young women. There is no such fuss in curing this disease if you came to know about it as early as possible. There are many ways through which you can cure this disease without any problems. If you haven’t taken the symptoms seriously or you keep on neglecting this infection, it will lead to some more threatening health issues which will then become very difficult to cure them. The only way you can have a better idea about these infections is to go through a regular sexual health screening with your partner.
That’s why every doctor opine and suggest that the sooner the better. Any infection which is still in the first place, needs to be diagnosed initially to get them treated. Let’s have a detailed analysis on how the infection is spread and what are its possible treatments.
Symptoms of Chlamydia
When you have the infection inside your body, you will not be notified with any symptoms at all. You will be totally in a healthy way and have the merriest of life. Early signs are very very mild and almost non recognisable. It is after one or two weeks later when you will be notified about the signs and symptoms. When you are exposed to the signs, they will come and go which makes them more negligible about “something wrong” hint.
These are the following signs you may have when you are exposed to Chlamydia:
- Pain while urinating
- Pain in lower abdomen
- Vaginal discharge in women
- Men do have weird discharge from penis
- Having painful sex
- Bleeding in between periods and after sex
- Men will have pain in their testicles
Chlamydia trachomatis also causes rectum infection. You can have rectal pain or strange discharge and bleeding. It’s very hard to find out if you are affected with this bacteria. It’s only when you have these above mentioned symptoms when you realise something is extremely wrong with you and you rush to your doctor. By the time it has been already on a full growth and you will be kept under medication to stop further damages.
If you have been contacted with a person who is infected with Chlamydia, chances are you may have an eye infection which is caused by the secretion of the infested person.
When is the right time to have a checkup
If you are sexually involved, it is very much important to go through sexual health checkup prior to your last sexual activities. You may never know if you are the person carrying the disease or the ones with whom you are into the relationship is affected with it.
Other than just having a normal checkup, if you are encountering any of these symptoms like that of vaginal discharge or bleeding, you must get in touch with your doctor. Any abnormal or strange sign is enough to explain you are not okay from within. Even the slightest of pain during urination contains a biggest hint of this bacteria. One thing to be noted, regular sexual health check up won’t confirm you with the infection you are having. It is just that an abnormal cell growth will be highlighted in the monitor which will give hint to further tests related to the confirmation of the disease. Your doctor will prescribe you with an antibiotic even if you have shown no symptoms at all.
What causes Chlamydia?
Chlamydia trachomatis is caused by a bacteria known as Chlamydia trachomatis bacterium. The main source for its infection is the discharge from vagina, oral and anal sex. If a lactating mother is feeding her baby, the baby might also be at higher risks of having the bacteria. In fact, doctors say that a mother can also transfer the disease while she is delivering her baby. This might prompt the bay to have a serious eye infection or pneumonia.
The following will have a severe risks:
- When you are sexually active before turning 25
- If you have multiple sex partners and all have an unprotected sex
- When you are not onto protected or safer sexual act
- If you have a long history of transferring the disease through your genes
Once you have built up Chlamydia infection inside you, you will have much higher complications to other diseases as well. Here are some:
Complication on Chlamydia
- Those who have had Chlamydia are also subjected to some other STIs including HIV, gonorrhea and AIDs (you will get the virus from it that causes AIDs).
- PID is referred to as Pelvic Inflammatory Disease which is an infection of the uterus. Your fallopian tubes are also affected with this disease. Once you have this disease, you will be having fever and pain as a major symptom. In adverse and severe cases, you will be hospitalized to get intravenous antibiotics. If left untreated for long, it can also damage your fallopian tubes, uterus and ovaries.
- In mean, the testicles can be easily affected with the disease. It can inflame the tubes located beside the epididymis. If you got the infection, it will give you symptoms like fever, swelling on the testicle area and scrotal pain.
- Chlamydia can also cause infection on prostate glands. This prostatitis will cause pain and fever in men. Other than this, men may experience severe pain while having sex or after that and also pain in their lower back portion.
- When the mother is infected with Chlamydia and it’s time to deliver her baby, she might pass the infection to her baby which leads to severe eye infection or pneumonia. A mother can pass the infection easily through her vagina into her child while delivery.
- Chlamydia can not be known in its early stage, hence it becomes super difficult to identify if someone is actually affecting with it. Such a silent killer can cause your fallopian tubes to dysfunction which results in infertility. This is common in women who can not conceive a baby because of this infection.
- Chlamydia can also cause reactive arthritis. This affects joints, eyes and urethra.
There are however, many ways through which you can prevent this infection from bothering you. As said, prevention is better than cure, you must adopt certain changes in life to lead a happy sexual moment. These are:
- While having sexual contact, for men it is advisable to use a male latex condom and for females, polyurethane condoms are the most suitable.
- Limit the number of partners.
- Get into a habit of regular sexual screenings
Having a healthy sexual life is worth a happy life. Visit your nearest STD clinic in London if you are active sexually and need some guidance.