A simple guide to Chlamydia. Explanation, Causes, and Prevention

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease that can affect any sexually active person. However, this condition is common in young people, especially young women. 

Chlamydia can be dangerous if not treated properly. It could lead to permanent issues in the reproductive system of women. 

Pelvic inflammatory disease is a condition that affects women’s ability to get pregnant and can affect you if the STD is left untreated. 

The spread of bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis is the cause of this sexually transmitted infection. 

Chlamydia can be spread mainly because of vaginal sex, anal sex, and oral sex. 

The condition could infect the cervix, throat, rectum, and urethra. 

If you are a pregnant woman and have Chlamydia, it increases the risk of the infection in the baby. 

The exact prevalence of Chlamydia worldwide is unknown because the condition is asymptomatic. Meaning many sexually active people might have Chlamydia but neither gets diagnosed nor treated. 

Does Chlamydia go away on its own? 

Not really, Chlamydia is one of the most common STDs, and it does not go away on its own. Therefore, once you notice any of the symptoms of Chlamydia or any other STD, you should immediately consult a doctor.

It is a common misunderstanding that this disease would go away on its own. Because many times the symptoms like abnormal discharge or pain will go away for some time, but the bacteria can still be in your body. 

Symptoms of Chlamydia you shouldn’t ignore

As said earlier, in most cases, Chlamydia can be asymptomatic, and it would be really hard to tell if you have a sexually transmitted disease up until the last stage. However, there are some general symptoms in men and women that you should notice at once. 

  1. Abnormal Vaginal discharge
  2. Penile discharge 
  3. Pain urinating
  4. Pain having sex
  5. Itching in the urethra
  6. Burning sensation when urinating 
  7. Testicular pain for men
  8. Excessive bleeding even when you are not menstruating
  9. Bleeding after sex for women. 
  10. Swelling inside vagina

How exactly did the infection spread?

Unprotected sex with a person infected with Chlamydia is the main cause of this sexually transmitted disease. These are the factors that could cause Chlamydia: 

  1. Not having sex with proper protection like a condom
  2. Having sexual contact with multiple partners
  3. Sexual contact with a person already contracted with STD

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that you can cure with proper treatment. Do not make the wrong assumption that the disease would go away on its own, but consult a doctor if you find any of the symptoms of STD in your body. 

It is always better to prevent sexually transmitted diseases by practising safe sex. Use protection like a condom and avoid sexual contact with multiple partners. 

Avoid tobacco usage, which is yet another reason for spreading STD because of low immunity power.

 Follow sexual hygiene and run tests for STDs once in a while if you are sexually active. 

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