"What exactly is a PID and how is it related to chlamydia? Are they the same thing? Can these conditions be treated? What do I need to do if I have chlamydia and how soon do I need to do it? Does chlamydia affect men and women the same way? Thank you for your time!"
Thank you for your questions. Everything that you’ve asked is important. Hopefully, by being able to provide you with some answers, we will be able to inform many more people who are searching for this information.
Chlamydia is a serious health problem. This is especially true for women. If you have chlamydia, you need to get it treated as quickly as you can.
Chlamydia infections typically begin on the cervix in women. If it remains untreated, the infection often spreads to the ovaries or fallopian tubes; this can and often does result in PID (pelvic inflammatory disease). In the United States, there are, on average, half a million cases of chlamydia-caused PID infections annually.
PID leads to infertility. These infections scar and block the fallopian tubes. If the fallopian tubes are fully or partially blocked, this may cause ectopic pregnancies because the fertilized egg cannot reach the uterus. It is possible for women to die if pregnancies develop outside of their uteruses. This is a situation that requires surgery to fix. Women that have PID of the fallopian tubes and up to ten times more likely to have an ectopic pregnancy when compared to women that do not have chlamydia or PID.
There are a large number of symptoms for PID. The most common ones are: heavier periods than you are used to, pain during vaginal intercourse, throwing up, fever, fatigue, increased cramping during your period, mucus discharges that are out of the ordinary, and, finally, pain in the lower abdominal area.
Chlamydia is not just a problem for women. It can cause infertility in men as well. In the case of males, chlamydia can lead to a condition called epididymitis. Men develop epididymitis when their chlamydia infections spread from their urethras to their testicles. There are approximately 250,000 cases of epididymitis (caused by chlamydia) in the United States every year.
The primary symptoms of epididymitis are sharp pain in the scrotum and fever. Some men also experience swelling in the scrotum.
Chlamydia may also lead to Reiter’s syndrome in men under age 50. The symptoms of Reiter’s syndrome: urethritis, eye infections, and arthritis. The arthritis that stems from Reiter’s syndrome becomes a permanent disability in one out of three men who come down with Reiter’s syndrome.
This all sounds pretty scary. However, here’s the good news: chlamydia is very curable. The treatment is remarkably simple. In the overwhelming majority of cases for both men and women, all you have to do is take a single antibiotic pill and abstain from sexual activity for seven days. A week after you’ve taken the pill, you will be cured of chlamydia and you can stop worrying about scarier complications that can arise.
It is important for you to get treated as quickly as possible if you test positive for chlamydia.
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