Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STI). It is usually spread through vaginal, oral, or anal sex and can also be passed in childbirth from mother to baby. It often has no symptoms. Antibiotics can cure chlamydia, but if left untreated, it can cause serious health problems for women, such as difficulty getting pregnant.
What are the signs and symptoms of chlamydia?
Chlamydia is known as a “silent” infection because most women who have chlamydia do not show symptoms. If symptoms develop, they may not manifest for several weeks after the bacteria begins to develop. Common symptoms may be:
• Bleeding between periods
• Burning when urinating
• Low back pain
• Lower abdominal pain
• Pain during sex
• Unusual vaginal discharge
You should get tested for chlamydia if you have:
• Had a new sex partner
• Had your sex partner tell you s/he has chlamydia
• Traded sex for money or drugs
• Had chlamydia or another STI in the past
• Not used condoms during sex
• been in relationships that are not monogamous
Chlamydia is detected by either a urine test or a swab test. A PAP smear will not detect chlamydia.
How is chlamydia treated?
We can prescribe antibiotics that can cure chlamydia. However, they cannot remedy permanent damage done to your body caused by a prolonged infection. This includes scarring of your reproductive organs.
Call us at 865-546-1642 to schedule a test, and if testing finds the presence of chlamydia, take the antibiotics as directed as soon as possible. We’ll be with you along the way!