How easy it is not to notice chlamydia and how it’s treated

How easy it is not to notice chlamydia and how it’s treated

Although chlamydia is one of the most common STIs, particularly among younger people, it is often known as the silent disease because it is possible to have the condition and not know about it – it can by entirely symptom-free.


It’s one of the reasons the disease is so common – people who are infected don’t necessarily realise they have it and can be passing it on to sexual partners unwittingly, meaning it is very easily spread around if people are having unprotected sex.


Even if you do experience symptoms they often don’t appear until several weeks after you were infected, and sometimes they might not show up for months. It’s also possible to have symptoms for a few days, which then disappear, but unfortunately the infection still remains.


So what are the symptoms if you get any?


With men, symptoms are very rare and most men with chlamydia don’t experience any symptoms at all. However, if there are symptoms they are usually connected with the genital area, for example, pain around the testicles, pain when passing urine and pain in the rectal area. Other symptoms which can be related to chlamydia include eye irritations and throat infections.


With women, again the majority of patients don’t experience any symptoms at all from the infection, however, the ones that do can suffer symptoms like vaginal bleeding, pain when passing urine, heavy periods, pelvic pain and sometimes sore eyes.


If you experience any of these symptoms and you have had unprotected sex, so could be at risk of chlamydia, then you should make sure you get tested and refrain from sex in the meantime to avoid infecting anyone else.


What if I got chlamydia while I’m pregnant?

Chlamydia can cause issues during pregnancy as the infection can cause pelvic inflammatory disease. This can lead to ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage. Chlamydia can also be passed onto the baby who can then be born with serious eye and lung problems.

If you suspect you have contracted chlamydia while pregnant, you need to speak to your doctor straight away so that an appropriate treatment can be organised.


What happens if chlamydia is left untreated?

This is one of the key problems with chlamydia – if it is left untreated it can cause serious and permanent health problems. This condition can infect the cervical area and cause damage to a woman’s fertility. It can also make men infertile by creating scarring in their reproductive tract area.


As well as affecting future fertility, untreated chlamydia can cause problems to the body in other places, by affecting the nervous system, the immune system and can cause inflammation in areas including the liver and pancreas.


These problems can be serious for long-term health so it’s really important to get tested for chlamydia as soon as you think you might have contracted it. Ignoring it and hoping it will go away could have serious health implications further down the line.


How easy is it to get chlamydia treated?

It couldn’t be easier nowadays to get suspected chlamydia tested and treated quickly and discreetly, using online prescription and pharmacy services. You can order a testing kit online to be delivered straight to your home in plain packaging.


Once you have carried out the test, you send it back in the post to be tested by a laboratory and they will email through a private login so that you can check in to get your results confidentially and online, so no suspicious letters from clinics arriving in the post.


It is best to have a chlamydia test prior to engaging in sex with a new partner, to make sure you don’t have an infection, and you should always use protection to prevent unwanted STIs in the first place.


If your results are positive, then it is easy to go online and order a treatment such as azithromycin – an antibiotic medication which completely cures chlamydia with one dose of four tablets. The medication works within 24 hours.


So it is incredibly easy to get tested and treated very quickly, if you have any concern that you might have contracted chlamydia – and leaving it untreated could have very severe health consequences, so why take the risk?