What are the symptoms and treatments for Chlamydia?

May 30, 2022 2:47 pm

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Chlamydia is a common STI, and it can be detected easily using Bexley Chlamydia Testing kits that can be used in the comfort of your own home. This helps to reduce the embarrassment and stigma that people can feel when visiting their local sexual health clinic. The tests are easy to complete, and once you send off your sample, it will be assessed in a lab, and you will be sent your results quickly and securely, either by text message or email.

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STIs can be passed on through a number of sexual activities such as oral sex and unprotected intercourse, and anal sex. It is important that if you think you may have been put at risk of infection, you have a test undertaken quickly so that any conditions can be treated or managed without your overall health becoming affected. In some cases, when STIs are left untreated, they can go on to lead to further problems and, in some cases, can affect fertility in later life.

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The main symptoms of Chlamydia can include:

  • Pain when urinating
  • Unusual vaginal discharge or discharge from the penis
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Bleeding after sex or in between periods
  • Pain in the testicles.

It is important to note that symptoms can be mild, and in some cases, individuals may experience no symptoms at all. This is one of the main reasons for getting tested regularly.

Once it has been confirmed that you have Chlamydia, you will be seen by a doctor and given antibiotics to treat the infection. Depending on the symptoms you are experiencing, you may be given a single dose of antibiotics or a course of tablets to take over a five to ten-day period. If you are experiencing symptoms, these should start to subside after one to two weeks of treatment. It is important that you do not have sex during this time. You will be tested again after the course of treatment to ensure that the infection has gone.

It is important to note that treatment for a Chlamydia infection does not protect you from picking up the virus again, so practising safe sex is essential. If you are thinking of starting a family, you can both have an STI health check-up to ensure that you are safe to start trying for a baby.