When I travel, I get lovesick. Well, they call it chlamydia.”― Jimmy Carr
What Chlamydia is?
Do you know to have unsafe sex can ruin your life? Well if it does the minimum damage we call it an STD or sexually transmitted disease. Chlamydia is also one of those devastating sexually transmitted diseases which is present both in men and women and affects both equally. It is a sort of bacterial infection caused by the organism named Chlamydia Trachomatis. In women, it affects the throat, cervix, and rectum while in men; it affects the urethra, throat, and rectum. It just does not stop right there, there is also a likelihood that this disease will pass on to the offspring if the mother is unfortunately infected.
Who is the Culprit behind Chlamydia?
It is caused by the bacterial infection named Chlamydia Trachomatis that is the culprit in this case. It mostly spreads from oral, vaginal, and anal sex.
How to Ensure that you have Chlamydia?
As you already know that it is equally dangerous for both genders, you need to have some information about its signs and symptoms to identify that you have it or not. The symptoms of Chlamydia that are commonly found in both men and the women who are infected are discussed here:
- Pain during sex
- Pain and burning during peeing
- Lower belly pain
- Abnormal vaginal discharge
- Bleeding between periods
- Pus in penis
- Swollen testicles
- Pain, discharge and bleeding around the anus
- Throat soreness
- Eye infection
What are the Diagnosis Procedures?
For this type of disease, the diagnosis is done by a professional health care practitioner. They may demand the sample from urethra from men and cervix from women on a cotton swab. This is done to perform checks on the sample in the lab to identify the traces of the presence of infection-causing Chlamydia Trachomatis. They may also take a urine test for the diagnosis of the disease.
Can you Catch more Diseases due to Chlamydia?
You are infected but it is not exactly the last thing to it. There is more to the damage that it can cause in your body. It is a serious type of problem and it also causes many other diseases which we discussed below:
- Pelvic pain
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Reactive arthritis
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Eye infection and pneumonia from mother to child
What Treatment Options are Available?
This disease is due to bacterial infection so it can be treated by the help of antibiotics named as azithromycin and doxycycline. With the help of these medicines prescribed by the doctor, you will recover in a week or two. After recovery, you should make sure that you do see your doctor again for tests in the third month. This is a very important step for you to be assured you that you are ok.
What can you do for Prevention?
When you find out that you are infected you need to make sure that your partner does not catch the infection. There are some measures for prevention of its spread that are described here:
- Don’t have anal, oral, and vaginal sex while you are infected.
- Use condoms whenever you have sex to make sure that your partner remains safe.
In general, you should always make sure that you take all the safety measures before coming into sexual contact to keep yourself safe.