You can have chlamydia without knowing you’ve got it – often the symptoms are so mild that they go unnoticed. About 70% of females and half of all men will show no signs of having the infection, but where symptoms are present, they include: 

in women 

  • Unusual vaginal discharge 
  • Pain when urinating
  • Pain in the stomach or pelvis
  • Bleeding after sex or between periods 
  • Pain during sex 

in men 

  • White, cloudy, or watery discharge from the tip of the penis 
  • Pain when urinating
  • Burning or itching in the urethra (the tube that carries urine out of the body)  
  • Pain in the testicles 

It can take weeks or even months for the symptoms to appear after being infected.

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Authored Dec 21, 2017 by Joseph Issac, MPharm
Reviewed Dec 06, 2021 by Prabjeet Saundh, MPharm