What Are The Signs Of Chlamydia In Women?
Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted disease that women in the United States have. It is caused by a bacterium known as chlamydia trachomatis. Chlamydia can harm a woman's eyes, reproductive organs, lungs and throat. If it is not treated, chlamydia can cause a woman to become infertile.
Chlamydia can be spread through vaginal sex, anal sex and oral sex. Using a condom every time you engage in sexual activity can help you avoid catching chlamydia. You should get tested for chlamydia and other STDs every time you have a new sexual partner.
Symptoms of chlamydia are sometimes difficult to notice. Only around a quarter of women with the disease are able to recognize any of the signs. If you are one of the women that does notice signs of the disease, they will begin to show around 21 days after you have become infected.
The four main symptoms of chlamydia in women are: lower back or abdominal pain, nausea or fever, bleeding and/or pain during sex, and blood flow (otherwise known as "spotting") when you are not on your period.
Chlamydia can also affect your vaginal discharge. You may notice either a milky white or yellow discharge that you have not seen before. You may also have a burning sensation when you urinate. This is because chlamydia microbes infect the urethra and can cause urinary tract infections. You may also get sudden urges to urinate that you are unaccustomed to.
Of course, the biggest worry with chlamydia is infertility. A chlamydia infection attacks the cervix. If the condition remains untreated, the infection will move into the ovaries and fallopian tubes. Chlamydia damages the hairs lining the fallopian tubes. Those hairs help eggs get from the ovaries to the womb. This damage results in scarring that forever blocks the tubes. This in turn results in infertility.
Chlamydia is easy to diagnose. It can be detected by a standard STD test that you can order from our website or get provided to you by a doctor. It is important to get tested even if you are not experiencing any symptoms, as the majority of women do not show any signs of carrying the disease.
Chlamydia is a treatable infection. It can be cured with an antibiotic. The antibiotic that will be prescribed to you will depend on your medical history, but the most common drug that is used is called azithromycin. It is important to let all of your sexual partners know that you have been diagnosed with chlamydia so that they may get treatment as well.