The Chlamydia infection is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by a bacterium called Chlamydia trachomatis. It is transmitted through sexual contact among individuals who have had multiple sexual partners. Chlamydia is a very contagious sexually transmitted disease which accounts for most of the STDs that have been reported. In fact, the occurrence of Chlamydia is three times the incidence of gonorrhea.
Symptoms of Chlamydia are often similar to the symptoms of Gonorrhea, so a definite diagnosis should be made to come up with the right treatment. Some individuals are asymptomatic and may experience manifestations later in the disease when complications arise.
Chlamydia symptoms in women
Half of women with Chlamydia are often asymptomatic. Female Chlamydia symptoms include:
More advanced disease may lead to salpingitis (inflammation of the fallopian tubes) and liver inflammation.
Complications of Chlamydia in Women
Chlamydia often leads to infertility in women as a result of inflammation in the fallopian tubes which results in constriction of the fallopian tubes. The egg cells are unable to travel through the tubes to meet sperm cells for fertilization. If this is not the case, the egg cell may be fertilized, yet, not able to travel to the uterus for implantation causing ectopic pregnancy.
Chlamydia infection may also be detrimental among pregnant women. The bacteria can lead to infection and cause amnionitis that may affect the growing fetus. However, it is never transmitted through placental perfusion, but may affect the neonate during vaginal delivery leading to eye infections. In cases of Chlamydia infections during pregnancy, an elective cesarean section is usually planned and employed to prevent contact of the neonate with the Chlamydia bacterial infection.
Treatment for Chlamydia usually involves the administration of the antibiotic doxycycline for 7 days or longer depending on the severity of the disease.
If you’re worried that you may have Chlamydia please contact Better2Know on the number above and book a quick and confidential appointment for a Chlamydia Test to put your mind at rest.
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