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Chlamydia Symptoms & Treatment

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Chlamydia is a very common STI (sexually transmitted infection) that’s spread by having sex without a condom.

It can affect both men and women, usually teenagers and younger adults, and is extremely unpleasant and uncomfortable - causing pain when urinating, inflammation and fluid to leak from your genitals.

If you think you may have (or are at risk of developing) chlamydia, or any other STI, it’s best to consult with a GP as soon as possible, since it can lead to dangerous complications if left untreated.

Our doctors can diagnose your condition, provide advice on preventing STIs and prescribe the medication needed to treat the infection.

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Chlamydia: Symptoms

Chlamydia Symptoms in Women

80% of women who have chlamydia show no symptoms. When symptoms are noticeable, they include: 

  • Pain when urinating
  • Heavier periods than usual
  • Bleeding between normal period cycles
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Pain in the lower abdomen
  • Pain and/or bleeding during or after sex

Chlamydia can also cause infertility in women as it can spread to the womb, ovaries and fallopian tubes.

When this happens, the condition is called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Symptoms of this can pelvic pain and difficulty getting pregnant. This is because there is an increased risk of ectopic pregnancy, which is when fertilised eggs imbed outside the womb.

Chlamydia Symptoms in Men

50% of men, do not realise they have chlamydia as they will have no noticeable symptoms. When symptoms are noticeable, they include:

  • Pain in the genitals when urinating
  • A watery discharge from the penis
  • Testicle pain

Since chlamydia can cause serious issues if it’s not treated, if you’ve had unprotected sex - it’s best to get checked out by a GP as soon as possible.

If untreated, chlamydia can spread to other parts of the body, causing a range of serious issues like infertility, reactive arthritis and pregnancy-related complications.

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Chlamydia: Treatment

Since chlamydia is caused by a bacterial infection, it’s treated with prescription antibiotics. You’ll usually have to take these for a week or so and it’s advised that you shouldn’t have sex until the course is finished.

If you’re experiencing symptoms, you should notice a quick improvement once you start taking your medication, usually within a week or so.

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