Part of caring for our patients is providing sexually transmitted disease information, including free testing. A bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis causes the disease. It is one of the most common STIs. It can damage a woman’s reproductive organs if left untreated.
Symptoms of Chlamydia in women include:
- Abnormal vaginal discharge
- Burning sensation while urinating
- Lower abdominal pain
- Low back pain
- Painful intercourse
- Bleeding between periods
Symptoms of Chlamydia in men include:
- Discharge from the penis
- Burning sensation when going to the bathroom
- Burning and itching around the opening of the penis
- Pain and swelling in the testicles (though uncommon)
Treatment for Chlamydia
- Visit your doctor, who will then prescribe antibiotics.
- Several antibiotics can successfully cure Chlamydia in both adolescents and adults.
- It is important to take all of the medication prescribed.
- Get yearly check-ups with your doctor in order to ensure you are free of infection.
- Stop having sex during treatment in order to prevent spreading the disease.
- Notify all sex partners that you have an STI. Partners require testing and treatment, as well.
- Re-test 3-4 months after finishing treatment to ensure the infection is gone.
- Chlamydia should be treated before having an abortion.
DID YOU KNOW…
- 23% of patients who have an infection at the time of an abortion will develop Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) within four weeks.
- Chlamydia is the most common bacterial STI.
- Hormonal contraceptives increase your risk of contracting Chlamydia.
- 75% of women who are infected do not know they have it because they have NO SYMPTOMS.