Chlamydia is a disease that can affect anyone who has unprotected sex, although young people aged under 25 are more likely to contract the disease.
Read this article to discover essential facts about Chlamydia and to find out how to buy Chlamydia treatment.
WHAT IS CHLAMYDIA?
Chlamydia is a common Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) – specifically a bacterial infection – contracted through unprotected sex.
FACT 1: IF LEFT UNTREATED, CHLAMYDIA CAN LEAD TO SERIOUS HEALTH PROBLEMS
If Chlamydia is left untreated, it can lead to more serious health conditions, which tend to differ between men and women.
Men can suffer from epididymitis, a painful condition which causes the testicles to swell. They can also suffer from Sexually Acquired Reactive Arthritis (SARA), which is the inflammation of your eyes, urethra and joints – causing discomfort.
Women are more likely to suffer from long-term health conditions such as Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID).
PID is an infection of a woman’s reproductive system and can cause symptoms such as:
- Chronic pain in the pelvis
- Pain when urinating
- Pain during sexual intercourse
If you suffer from PID it can cause the fallopian tubes to scar and narrow. This means you are at a higher risk of having an ectopic pregnancy (when a fertilised egg embeds somewhere outside of the womb, this is most commonly in a fallopian tube), and some women have also become infertile due to the condition.
FACT 2: MEN AND WOMEN CAN HAVE DIFFERENT SYMPTOMS
Although men and women can have similar symptoms of Chlamydia, there are also different symptoms which affect each gender.
Both men and women can suffer from these symptoms:
- A burning sensation when urinating
- Pain in the lower abdomen
- Unusual discharge
Men can suffer further symptoms such as itching in the urethra (the tube that passes urine out the body), and pain in the testicles.
Women can also suffer from these symptoms:
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Inflammation of the cervix
- Bleeding between periods
- Bleeding after sex
FACT 3: IT IS POSSIBLE TO NOT HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS
Chlamydia is also known as the “silent infection”, as it is common for symptoms to go unnoticed. 50% of men and 70% of women have experienced no symptoms when they are positive for the STI.
It can take several weeks or even months for the symptoms to appear after contracting the disease.
The best way to mitigate this is to get tested both before and after having sex with a new partner, particularly if you are under the age of 25, as this age group has a higher risk of contracting Chlamydia.
FACT 4: IT IS POSSIBLE TO GET CHLAMYDIA IN OTHER PARTS OF THE BODY
It is possible to contract Chlamydia through oral and anal sex. You can have Chlamydia in your throat, which can cause a sore throat and fever, or in your rectum which can cause discomfort.
The best way to protect yourself from contracting Chlamydia is to use a condom (or other barrier methods of contraception) during sex.
HOW TO TREAT CHLAMYDIA
As Chlamydia is a bacterial infection, it can be treated with antibiotics. The most common antibiotics that are used to treat Chlamydia are Doxycycline and Azithromycin, both antibiotics have a success rate of treating above 95% of all cases but Doxycycline is the most commonly used treatment.
Different antibiotics may be supplied to anyone with allergies or to women that are pregnant or breastfeeding.
USING DOXYCYCLINE FOR CHLAMYDIA TREATMENT
Doxycycline is part of the Tetracycline antibiotic group and should be taken twice a day for seven days.
You should avoid taking antacids and any medications that contain the following salts, 2 hours before or after you take this medicine, as they can stop the antibiotic from being absorbed:
USING AZITHROMYCIN FOR CHLAMYDIA TREATMENT
Azithromycin is part of the Macrolide antibiotics group and is used if you cannot take Doxycycline.
Azithromycin is taken over a period of three days by taking two doses on the first day and one dose for the following two days.
To find out more about how to treat Chlamydia, read our blog: What is the treatment for chlamydia?
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