DISEASE OF THE WEEK...CHLAMYDIA

WHAT IS CHLAMYDIA- Chlamydia is quite a common STD that infects both men & women. Although it is rare for it to cause serious & lasting damage in men, it can actually cause serious lasting damage in women. It can permanently damage a woman’s reproductive system making it difficult or even impossible for her to get pregnant after untreated infection.

HOW DO I GET IT- Like other STD’S you can contract chlamydia via vaginal, anal or oral sex with an infected partner. If you’re sexual partner is male, you can still catch chlamydia even if he doesn’t ejaculate inside of you. Also if you have had chlamydia in the past & been treated, this doesn’t mean that you are immune from catching it again. Men & women can also get infected in their rectum. This occurs either by having receptive anal sex, or by spreading from another infected site such as the vagina. Protection is the best form of prevention if you are sexually active.

SYMPTOMS- Most people who have chlamydia don’t show any symptoms. If you do have symptoms they may not appear until several weeks after having had sex with an infected partner. Some symptoms in women can include, abnormal vaginal discharge & a burning sensation when urinating. Men experience the same symptoms in their penises but have an added symptom of pain in one or both testicles, although this is less common. While rectal infections often show no symptoms they can cause pain, discharge or bleeding. If a woman experiences soreness, smelly discharge or bleeding between periods then she should consult her doctor immediately.

PREGNANCY & CHLAMYDIA- Untreated chlamydia in women can spread to the uterus & fallopian tubes. This can cause pelvic inflammatory disease which causes permanent damage to the reproductive system & potentially deadly ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy outside the uterus). Infection can also be passed on to your baby during delivery. This can cause eye infections or pneumonia in your new born. Having chlamydia can also most likely cause an early delivery. If pregnant you should get tested at your first prenatal visit.

TREATMENT- Treatment for chlamydia can be prescribed to you by your doctor after you’ve established whether or not you’re infected. Be sure to follow all instructions given to you by your health professional.

 

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