What is chlamydia?

  • Chlamydia is the most frequently reported Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) in the United States. It is most common among the 14-24 age group. Approximately 1 in 15 sexually active females aged 14-19 has chlamydia.
  • (https://www.medinstitute.org/2015/10/recommendations-expanded-for-chlamydia-screening-in-2015/?doing_wp_cron=1527624506.6228590011596679687500)

How is chlamydia spread?

  • Chlamydia can be spread by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Even if a male does not ejaculate, chlamydia can be spread.
  • You can get chlamydia more than once.
  • If you have chlamydia while pregnant, you can give chlamydia to your baby during childbirth.

How can I reduce my risk of getting chlamydia?

  • The only way to avoid chlamydia is to not have vaginal, anal, or oral sex.
  • If you are sexually active, a long-term, monogamous relationship with a partner who has tested negative for STDs is the wisest choice.

Am I at risk for chlamydia?

  • Anyone who has had vaginal, anal, or oral sex is at risk for chlamydia.
  • If you think you may have chlamydia, contact us at Wellspring. We would be happy to test you for STDs.

If I am pregnant, how will chlamydia affect my baby?

  • If you are pregnant, you could pass chlaymdia onto your baby during delivery. Chlaymdia in infants can cause eye infections or pneumonia.
  • If you have chlamydia when pregnant, it may cause you to go into labor early.
  • If you are pregnant, you should get tested for chlamydia at your first prenatal visit. Testing for STDs and treating them before delivery is the best way to ensure that you and your baby are kept healthy.

How do I know if I have chlamydia?

  • As many as 84% of women and 50& of men do not know they have chlamydia.
  • If you do have symptoms, they may not appear until a few week after sex with an infected partner. Even when there are no symptoms, chlamydia can still damage your reproductive organs.
    • In women, there may be symptoms such as…
      • an abnormal vaginal discharge
      • a burning sensation when urinating
    • In men, there may be symptoms such as…
      • a discharge from their penis
      • a burning sensation when urinating
      • pain and swelling in one or both testicles (less common)
  • Chlamydia can also infect the rectum. This can happen through anal sex, or spread by another infected site (such as the vagina). Usually there are no symptoms, although some may experience…
    • rectal pain
    • discharge
    • bleeding

How will my doctor know if I have chlamydia?

  • Laboratory tests are used to detect chlamydia. A urine sample may be used. Your doctor may also ask you to use a cotton swab to collect a vaginal sample.

Can chlamydia be cured?

  • Yes, chlamydia can be cured with the right treatment. It is important that you take all of the medication prescribed by your doctor to cure your infection. When taken properly, the medication will stop the infection and could decrease your chances of having later complications. You should not share medication for chlamydia with anyone.
  • Getting chlamydia more than once is common. You should be tested a second time three months ¬†after you are treated, even if your sex partner has been treated.

I was treated for chlamydia. When can I have sex again?

  • You should not have sex again until both you and your sex partner have completed treatment. If your doctor prescribes another medication, you should wait seven days after taking the medication to have sex. If your doctor prescribes a medicine for you to take for seven days, you should wait until you have taken all of the doses before having sex.

What happens if I don’t get treated?

  • Initially, damage caused by chlamydia can go unnoticed. However, it can lead to serious health problems.
  • If you are a woman, untreated chlamydia can spread to your uterus and fallopian tubes (tubes that carry fertilized eggs from the ovaries to the uterus). This can cause PID or pelvic inflammatory disease. PID often does not have symptoms, but some women may have abdominal and pelvic pain. Even if there are no symptoms initially, PID can cause permanent damage to your reproductive system. PID can lead to long-term pelvic pain, inability to get pregnant, and potentially deadly ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy outside the uterus).
  • If you are a man, there are rarely problems related to chlamydia. Sometimes, infection can spread to the tube that carries sperm from the testicles and causes pain and fever. Sometimes, chlamydia can prevent a man from being able to have children.

 

If you think you may have chlamydia or another STD, let us at Wellspring know. You can call us at (402)463-7785 to set up an appointment. We want to help you become the healthiest version of yourself!

 

https://www.cdc.gov/std/chlamydia/stdfact-chlamydia.htm