Chlamydia Symptoms

In most cases, those who contract chlamydia will show no symptoms whatsoever. And for those who are symptomatic, it may be days or weeks before chlamydia symptoms become apparent.

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Symptoms of Chlamydia

Most of the time, symptoms of chlamydia are simply non-existent. Because of this, many people who contract chlamydia are entirely unaware of the fact and are likely to unknowingly and unmaliciously spread the disease to their sexual partners. If left untreated, chlamydia can cause damage to the reproductive system even if someone doesn’t display chlamydia symptoms. This is why it is important for sexually active men and women, especially those with multiple partners, to make chlamydia and general STD testing part of their regular health routine. When people do display chlamydia symptoms, they may be similar to those of other sexually transmitted diseases. So even in these instances, it can be tough to determine if you’ve contracted chlamydia or something else entirely. Chlamydia symptoms are different for men and women and are listed in the table below. If you start displaying any of the following symptoms, you’ll want to find an STD testing center near you, get tested and seek medical attention before the condition worsens.

Chlamydia Incidence Rates (USA)

Chlamydia is the most commonly reported sexually transmitted infection in the United States with more than 1.7 million cases in 2018 according to the Centers for Disease Control. Although the actual figure is most certainly much higher as many who become infected and display no symptoms will forgo the testing necessary to confirm a positive diagnosis. While year-to-year figures may vary one way or the other, overall trends of chlamydia incidence rates have increased dramatically over the past few decades. Remember, if you suspect you’ve been exposed to chlamydia by way of a sexual partner, you’ll want to get tested and seek out proper treatment as soon as possible even if chlamydia symptoms are not apparent.

What Does Chlamydia Look Like?

Those with chlamydia may notice an unusual, yellow or milky discharge from the penis or vagina. Bleeding around the anus and (for men) testicular swelling are also common visual cues that may suggest chlamydia. However, since chlamydia typically does not display visible symptoms of any kind, it can be difficult to tell if you’ve contracted it based on visuals alone. The only way to know for sure if you have chlamydia is to find a reputable STD testing provider and get tested. If you notice symptoms or feel you’ve been exposed by way of unprotected sexual activity, getting tested is going to be your most reliable course of action. And keep in mind that even if you’re not experiencing symptoms, it doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. As a matter of precaution, it’s best to include chlamydia testing as part of your regular health routine.

Chlamydia Symptoms Treatment

Fortunately, chlamydia is one of the most easily curable sexually transmitted diseases, especially when it’s caught early. Your doctor may even choose to treat you with oral antibiotics such as azithromycin or doxycycline before you even get your test results back, as a precautionary measure. If you have any concerns about your medication, consult with your provider before you end treatment.

It’s important to note that while antibiotics will treat the chlamydia infection, they will not treat or repair any damage already caused by chlamydia complications (including pelvic inflammatory disease in women). It is better to catch chlamydia as early as possible, by way of regular STD testing, before the infection causes any damage.

It is important to notify your sexual partners if you suspect you have chlamydia or have been diagnosed with it. Any sexual partners you had in the past 60 days should be tested so that those who test positive can seek treatment of their own. If you have not been sexually active in the past 60 days, then your last sexual partner should be tested and, if appropriate, treated. This is important to prevent reinfection and spread of the disease to others. In some states, partners can be treated without being tested or seen by a provider.

Getting tested for chlamydia involves a simple urine test, which looks for the presence of bacteria. When you are tested, your doctor may suggest you also get tested for gonorrhea at the same time. Gonorrhea is another sexually transmitted disease, also caused by bacteria, and it is transferred between people the same way chlamydia is. It is not uncommon for people infected with one to also be infected with the other. If your test shows that you are infected with chlamydia, you should also be tested for other sexually transmitted diseases, including gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV.

Untreated Chlamydia Symptoms

More than 95 percent of those who follow their treatment regimens will be cured. Any symptoms you have may improve in as quickly as a few days and most will be free of the infection within a week. Three months after treatment you should be retested to make sure the treatment worked and that you weren’t re-infected by a partner who wasn’t adequately treated.

If left untreated, chlamydia in women can spread to the fallopian tubes and uterus, potentially causing pelvic inflammatory disease. Although typically asymptomatic, pelvic inflammatory disease can cause abdominal pain and potentially cause permanent damage to the reproductive system. In some instances, this can lead to infertility or increase a woman’s chances of an ectopic pregnancy.

In men, untreated chlamydia symptoms rarely cause additional health problems, but in extreme cases, it can cause extreme pain and even infertility.

Common chlamydia symptoms include unusual penile/vaginal discharge and burning or discomfort while urinating (neither of which are particularly unique to chlamydia, mind you). More often than not, however, the first sign of chlamydia symptoms is…nothing. No symptoms whatsoever. While the complete absence of irritating and/or painful symptoms might sound like a relief, keep in mind that it does make chlamydia difficult to self-diagnose without a proper test. And even if chlamydia symptoms are not present, those carrying the infection are likely just as contagious as those who are symptomatic.

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We offer treatment options for patients who test positive for chlamydia, gonorrhea, or trichomoniasis. If you receive a positive result, simply call and speak with a care counselor to schedule a phone consult with a physician. Medication can be called into your local pharmacy, and no office visit is needed. We are partnered with physicians at PWNHealth so treatment can be prescribed if appropriate in all states. You must have a positive result before treatment can be authorized. The physician consult fee is $65.

Symptoms in Men and Women

Chlamydia Symptoms in Women
  • No noticeable symptoms
Chlamydia Symptoms in Men
  • No noticeable symptoms