Chlamydia Symptoms

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Doctor's View on Chlamydia Symptoms

Comment by Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

What is chlamydia?

Chlamydia is a sexually-transmitted disease (STD) that affects both men and women. It is a very common condition; in fact, it is the most common STD in the U.S.

Most have no symptoms

One reason that chlamydia is so common is that the majority of infected people do not have symptoms. This is referred to as a “silent” infection. This means they can unknowingly spread the infection to their sex partners. The U.S. CDC recommends that sexually active women under 25 years of age be tested for chlamydia every year, because it can damage the reproductive tract, causing infertility when untreated. Once the infection has been identified, treatment is simple and effective. It is also recommended that pregnant women be tested as well as women with multiple or new sex partners.

When symptoms do occur

When symptoms do occur with chlamydia infection, women may notice an abnormal vaginal discharge or burning with urination. Men who are infected sometimes also notice an abnormal discharge or burning with urination. Pain or swelling in the testicles is possible in infected men, but this is not a common symptom. Untreated chlamydial infection in women can spread up the reproductive tract to involve the uterus and fallopian tubes, a condition known as pelvic inflammatory disease or PID. Symptoms of PID can include fever and chills, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, and pain during sexual intercourse.

Chlamydia Symptoms Resources

Doctor written main article on Chlamydia in Women Overview

REFERENCES:

"Chlamydia." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Struble, Kelley, et al. "Chlamydial Genitourinary Infections." Medscape. 21 Mar. 2013.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/19/2013