Chlamydia

Causes and Symptoms:
Chlamydia is a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) that is spread through unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex. It is an extremely common S.T.I., especially in those under 25 and it is simple to treat.

As symptoms are not always apparent, chlamydia can go undetected and you may not realise you are infected. It is important to be tested and treated as soon as possible as, if left untreated, it can spread to other areas of the body and cause future fertility problems in both men and women.

All of our clinics offer free chlamydia testing for anyone under the age of 25.

If chlamydia occurs in the rectum men and women may experience bleeding, discharge and rectal pain.

Symptoms
Many people will not experience any symptoms, but if you do, they will usually appear 1-3 weeks after exposure.
After about 3 days the initial irritation may disappear, however the chlamydia will remain present and will need to be treated

Symptoms in women may include:

  • Lower abdominal or back pain
  • Pain when passing urine
  • Abnormal vaginal discharge and bleeding between periods
  • Bleeding after sexual intercourse and pain during intercourse

Symptoms in men may include:

  • Discharge from the penis
  • Burning sensation when passing urine
  • Swelling and tenderness in the testicles
  • Itching and burning around the tip of the penis

Testing
You will simply be asked to provide a urine sample. Alternatively, a vaginal swab may be taken for testing.

Treatment
Antibiotics will be provided to treat the infection. It is important to remember that antibiotics can affect the effectiveness of certain contraceptives such as The Pill or the contraceptive patch so an alternative method should be used.

You should abstain from sexual intercourse until the treatment is complete to avoid re-infection.