Chlamydia Diagnosis in Women

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Difficulties with chlamydia diagnosis

The identification of chlamydia infection in women may be complicated by the fact that it often produces no symptoms. In fact, most women who have the infection do not have symptoms. Some women do have symptoms and may seek medical attention due to burning and vaginal discharge. If the infection spreads upward in the genital tract, it can cause pelvic inflammatory disease and result in infertility.

Chlamydia testing

The U.S. CDC has recommended that certain women be tested for chlamydia. Testing is recommended each year for all sexually active women age 25 or younger. It is also recommended for older women with risk factors for chlamydial infections (having a new or more than one sex partner). Because chlamydia infection can also cause problems with pregnancy and for the developing baby, testing is recommended for pregnant women.

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