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What is Chlamydia?

Chlamydia is a very common STI (sexually transmitted infection) that can affect men and women. It’s spread through unprotected sexual contact.

If you think you may have chlamydia, you should consult with a doctor as soon as possible. There’s a risk of dangerous complications if it’s left untreated.

As chlamydia doesn’t always cause symptoms, it’s best to see a doctor if you think there’s a possibility of infection.

Our doctors can provide a chlamydia diagnosis and prescribe medication to treat the infection. They can also arrange for you to take a test in order to confirm their diagnosis.

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Chlamydia Symptoms In Women

80% of women who have chlamydia do not notice any symptoms.

When symptoms do occur, they include:

  • Pain when urinating
  • Heavier periods than normal
  • Bleeding between normal period cycles
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Stomach pain
  • Pain during or after sex
  • Bleeding during or after sex

If left untreated, chlamydia can cause fertility problems. The infection can spread to the womb, ovaries and fallopian tubes.

This condition is known as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which causes pelvic pain and increases the chance of an ectopic pregnancy. This is when a fertilised egg becomes embedded outside the womb.

In some cases, chlamydia can lead to infertility, so it’s really important to get the correct treatment as quickly as possible.

Unsure if these are your symptoms?

When it comes to STIs, it’s much better to be safe than sorry.

A confidential, face-to-face chat with one of our doctors will provide the answers you need quickly and discreetly.

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Chlamydia Symptoms In Men

50% of men who have chlamydia do not notice any symptoms

When symptoms do occur, they include:

  • Pain or burning when urinating
  • A watery discharge from the penis
  • Pain in the testicles

If left untreated, chlamydia can spread to other parts of your body.

You may contract a condition known as epididymitis, which causes painful swelling of the testicles and the tubes that carry sperm. Over time, this can lead to fertility problems and even infertility.

You may also experience sexually acquired reactive arthritis (SARA), which causes swelling and discomfort around your joints, urethra and even eyes.

While it may take a couple of months for the condition to go away, it’s unlikely to cause any lasting damage and the symptoms can be treated with anti-inflammatories.

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Even if you’re not experiencing any chlamydia symptoms, if you’ve had unprotected sex then it’s a good idea to see a doctor.

One quick, discreet consultation will give you the answers you need.

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Chlamydia Treatment Online

Over 95% of Chlamydia cases can be treated with a simple course of antibiotics. If you're experiencing symptoms of Chlamydia, you should notice a rapid improvement once you start taking your medication - most commonly within a week.

Our doctors can write you a prescription during an online consultation and you’ll be able to collect your medication from the pharmacy of your choice on the same day.

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Getting treated is easy

If you think there's a chance you could have chlamydia or any other sexual health issue, a quick discussion with one of our friendly GPs is all you need to get diagnosed and treated.

You can discreetly discuss your situation online without the trouble of visiting a GP's surgery. Once diagnosed, if treatment is needed, you could have your medicine within an hour of your appointment.

What causes Chlamydia?

Chlamydia is passed on through unprotected sexual contact. This can happen in a number of ways - you do not have to have penetrative sex, ejaculate or have an orgasm to become infected. Chlamydia can be caused by:

  • Having vaginal, anal or oral sex without using contraception
  • Sharing sex toys that haven’t been washed between uses
  • Any genital contact between you and your partner
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Chlamydia in pregnancy

If you have chlamydia during your pregnancy, there is a health risk to your baby. You might pass the infection onto them, or experience problems with your pregnancy. These include:

  • An infection, such as pneumonia
  • Premature birth (before 37 weeks)
  • Low birth weight
  • Increased chance of miscarriage or stillbirth
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