What is it?
Chlamydia is a very common STI that can infect both women and men. It’s a bacterial infection that transmits through unprotected sex and can infect the penis, vagina, cervix, anus, urethra, eyes, and throat. As opposed to some other STIs, the silver lining is that it is easily cured with antibiotic medicine.
How do you get it?
Chlamydia is as mentioned an STI that is transmitted during sexual contact as vaginal, anal or oral sex. The infection is carried in semen (cum), pre-cum, and vaginal fluids. The infection is transmitted if you have unprotected sex with someone that carries the bacteria, it can be transmitted even if no one cums. The most effective preventive measures to avoid chlamydia all together is to use condoms and talk with your sexual partner about being tested for STIs.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms related to chlamydia is quite rare, most people don’t get any, hence why it’s so important to be tested regularly for STIs, you don’t want those bacteria living down there. Some even get so light symptoms that they mistake them for symptoms of something else. However, some of the most common symptoms related to chlamydia are:
- pain or burning while peeing
- pain during sex
- lower belly pain
- abnormal vaginal discharge (may be yellowish and have a strong smell)
- bleeding between periods
Chlamydia can be easily cured with antibiotics. Your sexual partners need to be treated too. If you don’t treat chlamydia, it can lead to serious problems. Chlamydia can spread to your uterus and fallopian tubes, causing pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID might not have any symptoms at first, but there can be permanent damage that leads to pain, infertility, or ectopic pregnancy. Getting tested for chlamydia really reduces your chances of getting PID.