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Chlamydia in Men and Women - Diagnosis and Treatment

Chlamydia causes about a quarter million cases of pelvic inflammatory disease and epididymitis every year. Moreover, people with Chlamydia are five times more likely to be infected with HIV. According to my own experience two thirds of the people infected are women.

Chlamydia is a rather common sexually transmitted disease caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis which can be found only in humans. Chlamydia usually affects the genitals of men and women, but sometimes it can infect the throat, rectum and eyes.

Any sexually active person can be exposed to a Chlamydia infection. Chlamydia trachomatis can be passed during vaginal, anal or oral sex, from an infected mother to her baby in case of vaginal birth. So this disease affects all sexes and there is a higher risk of infection if a person

Chlamydia symptoms

The main reason of the prevalence of Chlamydia is because it's a "silent" disease. The infected people often have no symptoms of Chlamydia at all or put them down to some minor illness. Unfortunately a usual situation is that people are cured of the symptoms but the disease is not found. But the results of uncured infection can be irreversible. The signs of Chlamydia usually occur within 1 to 3 weeks after the exposure.

In women the symptoms of Chlamydia may be different but the bacterium affects the cervix and the urethra which leads to

In men Chlamydia symptoms are

If a patient has one of the above-mentioned symptoms the doctor usually sends them to do test and make sure it's not Chlamydia. Men and women who have anal sex may have Chlamydial infection in the rectum. In that case the signs of Chlamydia are rectal pain, bleeding or discharge.

In pregnant women untreated Chlamydia can cause premature delivery and the infection of the born baby. These newborns are predisposed to early infant pneumonia and conjunctivitis.

Also Chlamydia can be found in the throats of men and women who have oral intercourse. Recently more frequent became the cases when Chlamydia infects the eyes. If you have conjunctivitis (causes sore, red and sticky eyes) and the usual treatment doesn't help there is a chance of Chlamydia infection.

Complications caused by Chlamydia

If a Chlamydial infection is left untreated it can cause serious reproductive and other health problems. The untreated infection in women can spread into the fallopian tubes or uterus which provokes pelvic inflammatory disease in 10-15 per cent of such cases. As a result a woman can get chronic low abdominal pain, infertility and even ectopic (outside the uterus) pregnancy.

In pregnant women untreated Chlamydia can cause premature delivery and the infection of the born baby. These newborns are predisposed to early infant pneumonia and conjunctivitis.

The complications of Chlamydia among men occur in case of infection spreading to the epididymis and lead to pain, fever and even sterility. As well Chlamydia infection may lead to the damage of sperm function and male fertility. Chlamydia conjunctivitis is a common cause of blindness all over the world.

The best ways to protect oneself from Chlamydia infection are continence or having sexual relationship with one reliable partner. The use of latex condoms can only reduce the risk of infection but not prevent it.

Chlamydia Diagnosis and Treatment

Chlamydia infection is usually diagnosed after laboratory tests on urine or a specimen from the penis or cervix. All sex partners should be tested and treated to avoid re-infection. Also it's strongly recommended to abstain from sex until the end of the course of Chlamydia treatment.

Once a person has found out of being infected it's necessary that he notifies all of his sexual partners. They should be tested and treated otherwise he can be re-infected and Chlamydia infection may spread.

Chlamydial infection is effectively cured with the help of antibiotics. Such way of Chlamydia treatment is safe and acknowledged by the specialists. The most commonly used antibiotics for Chlamydia treatment are Doxycycline, Erythromycin, Ofloxacin, Azithromycin (Zithromax). Penicillin which is often used for curing sexually transmitted diseases doesn't help in treating Chlamydia. Many doctors strongly recommend Azithromycin to their patients because it has fewer side effects and can be used by both non-pregnant and pregnant women unlike Doxycycline or Erythromycin.

There are two commonly recommended regimens:

The patients who are afraid or have difficulty remembering to take a pill usually prefer a single dose treatment which is as effective as 5-days treatment. The regimen a doctor may recommend for Chlamydia treatment depends on many factors: the age of the patient, his health status, the stage of the disease and others. Once a person have found out of being infected it's necessary that he notifies all of his sexual partners. They should be tested and treated otherwise he can be easily re-infected and Chlamydia infection may spread.

As you see the treatment for Chlamydia infection is quite simple but before taking Azithromycin make sure you have never had an allergic reaction to this or similar drugs. Also be careful taking other drugs together with Azithromycin.

If you have any of the following diseases:

you need to consult a specialist for dose adjustment.

Chlamydia in Men: Detecting the Ego Crusher

Fertility drugs over the years for a single chance of forming a baby. That was how your reproductive life has been. However, things seem all the more infertile now. You and your wife haven't had any success and you attribute this to smoking, alcohol, and stress. Now is also the time to break this and have yourself examined for the true reason behind it. There is a possibility that you could have Chlamydia in men.

In the United States, more than 15% of the couples have difficulty producing a child. In this case, it is not just the woman who needs to be healthy. It takes two to tango and this means that the man also needs to be sure that he is not suffering from any kinds of health condition, such as Chlamydia infection that may hinder their success.

Chlamydia in men is a kind of bacterial infection that you can get from intercourse. This may play a major role in your infertility problem. Because often, this disease does not show any evident symptoms, you may completely be unaware of its presence and damage. Although in some cases, there will be symptoms like whitish or cloudy, and watery discharge from the tip of your penis, painful sensation when urinating, and also swelling in your testicles.

This is considered the most common sexually transmitted disease in men as it can be easily transmitted through genital, oral or anal intercourse. Unprotected sex through these means can of course increase your chances of being at risk for this disease. This is also possible in sex between men.

When it comes to diagnosis, the methods are also the same as with diagnosis in women. Chlamydia in men can be detected through a urine screening test or through a swab sample of the insides of the penis. Also, Chlamydia treatment is also similar, through prescription antibiotics. Usually, while undergoing these treatments, you need to abstain from sex until you and your partner have completed the treatment.

Chlamydia in Women: A Potential Cause of Infertility

For women, conceiving is a blessing from Heaven. It is a sign of a family to come as well as of the healthy functioning reproductive bodies of both you and your husband. However, not all women is gifted with this. Some couples may have waited for a long time and yet there were no signs. Possibly, this may be due to infertility on the woman's side. A woman may not be able to conceive due to infection of her reproductive organ.

You may not be aware, but you may have Chlamydia. This cervical infection is brought about by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis. Chlamydia in women is very similar to gonorrhea when it comes to symptoms and way that it spreads. Each year, about four million women are infected with it. This sexually transmitted disease usually thrives in the cervix and urethra, but can also appear in your rectum or throat.

Currently, there are a lot of unreported cases of Chlamydia in women due to the lack or absence of symptoms. As a result, you can pass this infection unknowingly to your partner. However, if you are lucky to feel some symptoms, be cautious of it to immediately treat this. Chlamydia in women often produces symptoms such as vaginal discharge, urinary tract infection, pain when urinating, and even infertility. For women who are already pregnant, your condition may lead to premature birth or the baby getting eye damage or pneumonia.

Once you feel any of these, you should go to a doctor for proper diagnosis. Chlamydia in women can be detected through samples from swabbing your cervix using a speculum. Another option can be urine screening tests, which are less invasive, or self-collected vaginal swabs which is less expensive.

Afterwards, if you are tested positive for Chlamydia in women, don't worry too much as antibiotics can easily help you with the disease. In some cases, during this period, abstinence from sex is advised. In addition, you should exercise better hygiene and continue with the treatment.

Learn more about Common Infectious Illnesses that may affect children and adults alike.