What is Chlamydia and its symptoms?

Sexually transmitted infections are what you might call the “hidden stigmas” of society. Chlamydia is a common STI, but the symptoms are not easily noticeable for both men and women. Chlamydia is often called the ‘silent epidemic’ because it’s so common and yet so overlooked.

If you think you could have been exposed, it’s essential to get tested right away. Get tested even if you don’t experience symptoms, which can include lower abdominal pain or other signs such as unusual discharge from the penis or vagina .

STI’s affect women in a profound way. While men can transmit STI’s to their partners, the way treatments are distributed suggests a double standard. Women not only have different STI risk factors than men, but also face much higher consequences from contracting chlamydia.

And when left untreated, chlamydia can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID is an inflammation of the reproductive organs, and it affects about one in 10 women who get chlamydia.

The good news is that chlamydia itself is extremely treatable, so if you catch it before it does any damage, you can be completely cured. The key is knowing you even have it, which is tricky because the disease often presents without symptoms — that is why getting tested regularly for STDs is so important.

Symptoms:

Abnormal vaginal fluids:

Burning and inflammation in lower abdomen while urinating:

Bleeding, pain and abnormal fluids coming from rectam:

Lower abdominal pain:

Pain while intercourse or bleeding after sex:

Chlamydia can be easily treated if diagnosed. if you feel any of the above symptoms make sure to get diagnosed as soon as possible.

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