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Chlamydia - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

Chlamydia is a type of STD (sexually transmitted disease) and can affect both women and men. It usually causes permanent and serious damage to the reproductive organs of a women’s reproductive system. This can make it difficult and impossible for her to get pregnant later in life. In some cases, Chlamydia can also result to ectopic pregnancy. In such cases, pregnancy starts to occur and develop outside the womb).

It can be spread by engaging in oral, anal or vaginal intercourse with a person already affected with Chlamydia. You are still at a risk of developing Chlamydia of our partner doesn’t ejaculate. Mothers who already have been diagnosed with Chlamydia can pass it on to their unborn child. This usually takes place when the infection is passed on to the baby during delivery. Chlamydia can cause pneumonia or eye infection in the baby. Having Chlamydia can also increase our risk of having a premature delivery.

Complications that can arise due to Chlamydia:

If Chlamydia isn’t treated on time, it can cause fatal health problems. For women, the infection can spread to the fallopian tubes (tubes carrying the eggs to the uterus from the ovaries) and the uterus, leading to PID (Pelvic inflammatory disease). Symptoms of PID include pelvic pain and abdominal pain. Pelvic inflammatory disease can lead to deadly ectopic pregnancy which can be fatal for your and your baby’s health, inability to be pregnant, pelvic pain which keeps occurring and irreversible damage is done to your reproductive system. Men are also affected by Chlamydia, the infection spreads to the tube which transfers the sperm from the scrotum. This causes fever and pain. Chlamydia doesn’t affect a man’s fertility.

How can you prevent yourself from getting affected with Chlamydia?

  • Using condoms while engaging in sexual coitus, preferably latex condoms.
  • Being in a monogamous and long term relationship with a single partner who has been tested negative for any form of STD.
  • Not engaging in oral, vaginal or anal sex with a person who you think might have Chlamydia.

Chlamydia can also cause bleeding, rectal pain and abnormal discharge from the genitals. Chlamydia can be cured if the right treatment is administered. If the medication prescribed by your doctor is taken on a regular basis, it can decrease your risk of developing complications later in life. The medications prescribed for Chlamydia shouldn’t be shared with anyone. It is vital to be tested again after consuming the medications at an interval of 3 months.

Treatable by medical professional Require medical diagnosis Lab test always required Short-term: resolves within days to weeks Spread by sexual or direct blood contact
Symptoms
Vaginal discharge in women Burning sensation during urination Abnormal discharge from the penis for men Swelling and pain felt in both or one of the testicles. Bleeding

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Popular Questions & Answers

What is the exact name for the urine test of chlamydia and gonnerahea .which I tell at lab to get tested.

Dr. S.K. Tandon 94% (8692 ratings)
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Until recently, testing patients for chlamydia and gonorrhea involved collecting samples from the cervix or urethra and sending them for cultures. An alternative to cervical or urethral cultures is nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) that can be performed on urine samples.

If you have herpes, you can also have cold and cough because of it? Are they related? Does syphilis gonnrhea and chlamydia have also effects on immune system weakening?

Dr. Sajeev Kumar 90% (21672 ratings)
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you can also have cold and cough but not related to it . Syphilis gonorrhea and chlamydia have also effects on immune system weakening only if not treated

Can std like gonorrhea syphilis or chlamydia can take years to develop and show up in a test? If I am effected a year ago and go for testing but my result comes negative is there any chance that I might still have and its not showing in test?

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Yes, these can take years to develop. They can usually be detected by serological tests i.e antibody tests which will be positive even if there are no symptoms.
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I am having testicles pain from 2 months ,now I am having pain in bladder and abdomen also and burning sensation in urine, I got my sonography and urine test for the same a month ago ,everything was normal, my partner also suffered from uti kind of thing in the period, as I have studied in internet these symptoms could be of chlamydia please suggest how my problem can be detected and cured.

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Hi. You are right it's urinary tract infection. Kindly get a urine routine test and urine culture test done. Treatment ll be decided after that only.
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What is the cost for these std card test cost Chlamydia Gonorrhea Hepatitis A Hepatitis B Hepatitis C Herpes 1 Herpes 2 HIV 1 & 2 Syphilis What tests should I do to know my status.

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Hello, hello, the cost for the tests are as follows: chlamydia - 1500 rupees gonorrhea - 2000 rupees hepatitis a - 3000 rupees hepatitis b - 3000 rupees hepatitis c - 3000 rupees herpes 1 - 4000 rupees herpes 2 - 4000 rupees hiv 1 - 400 rupees 2 syphilis - 200 rupees.
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Chlamydia (STDs) affects only women. True or false.
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