Chlamydia: When should one seek medical advice?

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Jan 31, 2012

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Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease and experts say that you are more at risk of getting the infection if you are under 25, have a new sexual partner, have had more than one sexual partner in the past year and do not use condoms. Many people with the infection may not have any symptoms, which can therefore, lead to a progress of the infection and complication in men and women. In women, the infection can spread to the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes and cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which can lead to complications such as infertility, ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage. This makes it important for you to consult a doctor if you have symptoms suggestive of a sexually transmitted disease.

Consult your doctor if you have one or more of the following symptoms suggestive of Chlamydia infection:

In men

  • A white, cloudy or watery discharge from the urethra (opening of the penis, which carries urine and sperm).
  • Burning sensation while passing urine.
  • Pain on urination.
  • Pain or discomfort in the testicles.

In women

  • Painful urination (due to cystitis).
  • Vaginal discharge—may be clear yellowish or foul smelling.
  • Vaginal irritation.
  • Dull lower abdominal pain.
  • Pain during sexual intercourse or bleeding during sex.
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding such as bleeding between periods or heavier periods.

These symptoms do not mean that you have Chlamydia infection. Similar symptoms can develop in other sexually transmitted diseases. Your doctor can examine you and diagnose the cause of your symptoms.

Some experts recommend that you must get tested for Chlamydia infection if:  

  • You or your partner has any symptom suggestive of the infection.
  • You have had unprotected sex (sex without using condoms) with a new partner.
  • You are diagnosed with some other sexually transmitted disease (STD).
  • Your sexual partner has an STD.
  • Vaginal examination shows that your cervix is inflamed or there is discharge.
  • You are pregnant or planning to start a family.



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