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Chlamydia Symptoms in Women

  • Pain when urinating (peeing)
  • A change in vaginal discharge
  • Pain in the lower abdomen
  • Pain and/or bleeding during intercourse
  • Bleeding after intercourse
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Heavier periods than usual

 

If left untreated, it can spread to the womb and cause pelvic inflammatory disease. It’s a major cause of infertility, miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy .

 

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Chlamydia Symptoms in Men

  • Pain when urinating (weeing)
  • Discharge from the tip of the willy (can be white, cloudy or watery)
  • Pain in the testicles

 

Some men have mild symptoms that disappear after two or three days. Even if the symptoms disappear you will still have the infection and be able to pass it on. If chlamydia is left untreated in men they are at risk of complications of chlamydia such as orchitis (swollen testicles), reactive arthritis, and infertility.

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Causes of Chlamydia

You can get chlamydia through:

  • unprotected vaginal intercourse.
  • unprotected bum intercourse.
  • unprotected oral intercourse.
  • your 'parts' coming into contact with your partner's 'parts'.
  • sharing intercourse toys when they are not washed or covered with a new condom between each person who uses them.
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Treatment

The two most commonly prescribed antibiotics to treat chlamydia are:

  • axithromycin (single dose)
  • doxycycline (a longer course, usually two capsules a day for a week)

 

Your doctor may give you different antibiotics if you have an allergy, or are pregnant. A longer course of antibiotics may be used if your doctor is concerned aboutcomplications of chlamydia.

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