Chlamydia is an STI caused by a bacteria known as Chlamydia trachomatis. It is easily spread because it often causes no symptoms, you can pass chlamydia to sexual partners without knowing it. But untreated chlamydia can still cause health problems. Chlamydia in women can be fatal, we will explain how chlamydia affects women.
Chlamydia has the potential to damage your (female) reproductive system permanently, it can make it difficult or impossible for you to get pregnant later. It can also cause a potentially fatal ectopic pregnancy.
Sex without protection or other barrier contraceptives, oral sex, and Anal sex is the major ways a chlamydia infection can be transmitted. you can still get chlamydia even if your sex partner does not ejaculate, touching each other private part is enough.
it’s important to get screenings at the early stage of your pregnancy, Newborn babies can acquire chlamydia from their mother during birth. Chlamydia can cause an eye infection or pneumonia in your baby. Having chlamydia may also make it more likely to deliver your baby early.
Chlamydia can infect your eye, it is transmitted through oral or genital contact with the eyes, but this isn’t common, this is rare. Chlamydia can reoccur.
Symptoms Of Chlamydia In Women.
Chlamydia is a silent infection, it is a sexually transmitted infection that may not cause symptoms. Even when shows up, it appears after several weeks of having sex with an infected partner.
- An abnormal vaginal discharge.
- A burning sensation when peeing.
- Itchiness in and around your vagina.
- Pus in your urine.
- Increased need to pee.
- A smelly discharge.
- Bleeding between periods.
- Painful sexual intercourse.
- An unusual sore in the genitals.
- Rectal pain.
- Dull pain in the lower part of your abdomen.
Mode Of Transmission.
- Sex without protection or barrier contraceptive.
- Anal sex.
- Oral sex.
- Genital contact.
- Infected mother to child during delivery.
The following increases your risk of chlamydia infections:
- Men that have sex with Men.
- Sexually active under 25 years.
- Having sex without barrier contraceptives.
- Having multiple sexual partners.
- History of other sexually transmitted diseases.
Ways of reducing the risk of contracting Chlamydia include:
- Go for regular screening.
- Always use protection during sexual intercourse.
- Make use of dental dams during oral sex or vagina-to-vagina contact.
- Keep only one sexual partner who is monogamous.
- Make sure you complete your treatment before you have sex.
- Don’t share sex toys. Wash your sex toys after each use and cover toys used for penetration with a condom.
Complications Associated With Chlamydia In Women
- Ectopic pregnancy: Chlamydia infection increases the risk of ectopic pregnancy. If an infected person gets pregnant, the fertilized egg may implant and grow outside of the uterus, usually in a Fallopian tube.
- Infections in New Born: A baby infected with chlamydia at birth born may have pneumonia or conjunctivitis that could lead to blindness if not treated. You can pass chlamydia infection from your vaginal canal to your child during delivery, make sure you take a test during your first prenatal visit.
- Pelvic Inflammatory Diseases: If you don’t treat Chlamydia when infected, It can lead to infection of the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus(PID). It can lead to infertility and persistent pelvic pain.
- Infertility: If you get proper medical attention, Chlamydia can cause scarring and obstruction in your fallopian tubes, which might make you infertile.
- Urethritis: This is an infection that affects the urethra. The urethra is the tube that carries urine from your bladder out of your body. Chlamydia can inflame your urethra, resulting in pain and difficulty urinating.
- Reactive Arthritis: It is a chronic type of inflammatory arthritis. You are at higher risk of developing reactive arthritis if you have chlamydia. This condition typically affects the joints, eyes, and urethra.
Medications Doctors Use To Get Rid Of Chlamydia
Doctors use antibiotics to treat chlamydia infections, these two are the most common:
- Doxycycline: You will have to it take over 7 days.
- Azithromycin: Your doctor will recommend one per day for 3 days.
This is not a prescription, go to a qualified doctor for diagnosis and prescription. Make sure you complete your treatment, continue taking your medication even when your symptoms improve.