Chlamydia is known as a “silent” infection because many infected women and men have virtually no signs or symptoms.
Women who do get a signal might have abnormal vaginal discharge or a burning sensation when urinating. These symptoms usually appear within 1 to 3 weeks after exposure.
When the Chlamydia infection spreads from the cervix to the fallopian tubes, some women may not experience any signs or symptoms, while others may experience:
- lower back pain
- painful intercourse
- lower abdominal pain
- bleeding between menstrual periods
Men with signs or symptoms might have:
- discharge from their penis
- burning sensation while urinating
- burning & itching around the opening of their penis
Men or women who have anal intercourse may end up with a Chlamydia infection in their rectum, which can cause rectal pain, discharge or bleeding. It can also infect the throats of women and men by means of oral sex.
Even though symptoms of chlamydia are usually mild or absent, serious irreversible damage can occur “silently” before a woman even knows she has a problem. And if a women’s sex partner is not treated, she is frequently re-infected.
The surest way to avoid chlamydia is no sexual contact, or to be relationship with a partner who has been tested and is known to be uninfected. Consistent use of a latex condoms can reduce your risk.
If you experience any genital symptoms such as an unusual sores, vaginal discharge with an odor, burning during urination, or bleeding between menstrual cycles, consult a doctor immediately for diagnosis and antibiotic for treatment.
With treatment you will chlamydia free in a couple of weeks!