Chlamydia In Women - Symptoms

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What are the symptoms of chlamydia?

The majority of women with chlamydia do not have symptoms. Cervicitis (infection of the uterine cervix) is the most common manifestation of the infection. While about half of women with chlamydial cervicitis have no symptoms, others may experience vaginal discharge or abdominal pain. Infection of the urethra is often associated with chlamydial infection of the cervix. Women with infection of the urethra (urethritis) have the typical symptoms of a urinary tract infection, including pain upon urination and the frequent and urgent need to urinate.

Chlamydia is very destructive to the Fallopian tubes. It can also cause severe pelvic infection. If untreated, some women with chlamydia will develop pelvic inflammatory disease. Symptoms of pelvic infection include fever, pelvic cramping, abdominal pain, or pain with intercourse. Pelvic infection can lead to difficulty in becoming pregnant or even sterility. Occasionally, if the infection is severe enough, a localized area of infection and pus (an abscess) forms, and major surgery may be necessary.

Because it is common for infected women to have no symptoms, chlamydial infection is often untreated and results in harm to the Fallopian tubes, fertility problems and tubal pregnancy.

Chlamydial infection, like gonorrhea, is associated with an increased incidence of premature births. In addition, the fetus can acquire the infection during passage through the infected birth canal, leading to serious eye damage or pneumonia. For this reason, all newborns are treated with eye drops containing an antibiotic that kills chlamydia. Treatment of all newborns is routine because of the large number of infected women without symptoms and the serious consequences of chlamydial eye infection to the newborn.

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Comment from: Blindsided, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 14

I had no symptoms and no idea of how long I had chlamydia until I was pregnant and started going to an OBGYN. This was after six years of being with my first and only sexual partner, now ex-husband. Girls please go for regular screenings, it's smarter and safer to check your own health regularly.

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Comment from: Nataliem, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 15

I was diagnosed last week with chlamydia. It has been a year since my last std test and that one came back all negative. I don't know when I got it or who I I got it from. I've never had symptoms except after I was diagnosed I realized I did have more discharge than usual and I was always very moist between my vagina and anus. I know think these were definitely signs of the infection I just didn't realize it. I hope it's cleared up as I just finished my last day of antibiotics. I have to wait six weeks to go back and get rescreened. I hope that helps, biggest lesson is to absolutely get tested as much as possible. It's better to find out now and fix it.

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