Chlamydia in Women

Medical Author:
Medical Editor:

What is chlamydia?

Chlamydia is the most commonly reported sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the U.S. It is an infection with the bacteria known as Chlamydia trachomatis. Chlamydia is very similar to gonorrhea in its symptoms and pattern of transmission. It is important to note that many people (both women and men) who are infected with chlamydia do not have any symptoms and may not be aware that they have the infection. Chlamydia infection can cause permanent damage to the fallopian tubes in a woman and can lead to future infertility and an increase risk of ectopic pregnancy. Chlamydia infection during pregnancy also increases a woman's risk of preterm labor and of having a baby with low birth weight.

Lymphogranuloma venereum is another type of STD that is common in the developing world and is caused by a different strain of Chlamydia trachomatis bacteria.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/17/2013

Patient Comments

Viewers share their comments

Chlamydia in Women - Symptoms Question: What chlamydia symptoms did you have before you were diagnosed?
Chlamydia in Women - Treatment Question: What treatment did you have for chlamydia?
Chlamydia in Women - Untreated Question: Did you experience any complications from untreated chlamydia?
Chlamydia in Women - Test Question: What test did you have to diagnose your chlamydia?

STAY INFORMED

Get the Latest health and medical information delivered direct to your inbox!