BACK TOTOP Browse A-ZSearchBrowse A-ZABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ0-9 E-mail FormEmail ResultsName:Email address:Recipients Name:Recipients address:Message: Print-FriendlyBookmarksbookmarks-menuChlamydia infections in womenCervicitis - chlamydia; STI - chlamydia; STD - chlamydia; Sexually transmitted - chlamydia; PID - chlamydia; Pelvic inflammatory disease - chlamydiaChlamydia is an infection that can be passed from one person to another through sexual contact. This type of infection is known as sexually transmitted infection (STI). Causes Chlamydia is caused by the bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis. Both males and females may have this infection. However, they may not have symptoms. As a result, you may become infected or pass the infection to your partner without knowing it.You are more likely to become infected with chlamydia if you have:Sex without using a condom Had multiple sexual partners Been infected with chlamydia before Symptoms Most women do not have symptoms. But some have:Burning when they urinate Pain in the lower part of the belly, possibly with fever Painful intercourse Vaginal discharge or bleeding after intercourse Vaginal dischargeVaginal discharge refers to secretions from the vagina. The discharge may be:Thick, pasty, or thinClear, cloudy, bloody, white, yellow, or greenOdor...ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article Rectal painExam and TestsIf you have symptoms of a chlamydia infection, your health care provider will collect a culture or perform a test called a nucleic acid amplification test.In the past, testing required a pelvic exam by a health care provider. Today, very accurate tests can be done on urine samples. Vaginal swabs, which a woman collects herself, can also be tested. Results take 1 to 2 days to come back. Your provider may also check you for other types of STIs. Most common STIs are:Gonorrhea GonorrheaGonorrhea is a common sexually transmitted infection (STI).Read Article Now Book Mark Article HIV/AIDS HIV/AIDSHuman immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the virus that causes AIDS. When a person becomes infected with HIV, the virus attacks and weakens the immune ...ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article Syphilis SyphilisSyphilis is a bacterial infection that is most often spread through sexual contact.ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article Hepatitis HepatitisHepatitis is swelling and inflammation of the liver.ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article HerpesHerpesHerpes viral culture of a lesion is a laboratory test to check if a skin sore is infected with the herpes virus.ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article Even if you have no symptoms, you may need a chlamydia test if you:Are 25 years old or younger and are sexually active (get tested every year) Have a new sexual partner or more than one partner Treatment Chlamydia can be treated with antibiotics. Some of these are safe to take if you are pregnant. Common side effects include:Nausea Upset stomach DiarrheaBoth you and your partner need to take the antibiotics.Finish all of them, even if you feel better and still have some left. All of your sexual partners should be treated. Have them take the medicines even if they do not have symptoms. This will prevent you from passing the STIs back and forth.You and your partner are asked to abstain from sexual intercourse during the time of treatment.Gonorrhea often occurs with chlamydia. Therefore, treatment for gonorrhea is often given at the same time.Safe sex practices are needed to prevent becoming infected with chlamydia or spreading it to others. Outlook (Prognosis) Antibiotic treatment almost always works. You and your partner should take the medicines as directed.If chlamydia spreads into your uterus and fallopian tubes, it can cause scarring. Scarring can make it harder for you to get pregnant. You can help prevent this by:Finishing your antibiotics when you are treated Making sure your sexual partners also take antibiotics.You may ask your provider for a prescription for your partner without your partner being seen by the provider Talking to your provider about being tested for chlamydia and seeing your provider if you have symptoms Wearing condoms and practicing safe sexSafe sexSafe sex means taking steps before and during sex that can prevent you from getting an infection, or from giving an infection to your partner....ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article When to Contact a Medical Professional Make an appointment with your provider if:You have symptoms of chlamydia You are worried that you might have chlamydiaOpen ReferencesReferencesCenters for Disease Control and Prevention website. Sexually transmitted infections treatment guidelines, 2021. Chlamydial infection. Chlamydial infections in adolescents and adults. www.cdc.gov/std/treatment-guidelines/chlamydia.htm. Updated July 22, 2021. August 11, 2021.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Recommendations for laboratory-based detection of Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae, 2014. MMWR Recomm Rep. 2014;63(RR-02):1-19. PMID: 24622331 pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24622331/.Geisler WM. Diagnosis and management of uncomplicated chlamydia trachomatis infections in adolescents and adults: summary of evidence reviewed for the 2015 centers for disease control and prevention sexually transmitted diseases treatment guidelines. Clin Infect Dis. 2015;(61):774-784. PMID: 26602617 pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26602617/.Geisler WM. Diseases caused by chlamydiae. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldman-Cecil Medicine. 26th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:chap 302.LeFevre ML; US Preventive Services Task Force. Screening for chlamydia and gonorrhea: US Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. Ann Intern Med. 2014;161(12):902-910. PMID: 25243785 pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25243785/.Workowski KA, Bolan GA; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sexually transmitted diseases treatment guidelines. 2015. MMWR Recomm Rep. 2015;64(RR-03):1-137. PMID: 26042815 pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26042815/.AllVideoImagesTogFemale reproductive anatomy - illustration External structures of the female reproductive anatomy include the labium minora and majora, the vagina and the clitoris. Internal structures include the uterus, ovaries, and cervix.Female reproductive anatomyillustrationUterus - illustration The uterus is a hollow muscular organ located in the female pelvis between the bladder and rectum. The ovaries produce the eggs that travel through the fallopian tubes. Once the egg has left the ovary it can be fertilized and implant itself in the lining of the uterus. The main function of the uterus is to nourish the developing fetus prior to birth. UterusillustrationAntibodies - illustration Antigens are large molecules (usually proteins) on the surface of cells, viruses, fungi, bacteria, and some non-living substances such as toxins, chemicals, drugs, and foreign particles. The immune system recognizes antigens and produces antibodies that destroy substances containing antigens. AntibodiesillustrationFemale reproductive anatomy - illustration External structures of the female reproductive anatomy include the labium minora and majora, the vagina and the clitoris. Internal structures include the uterus, ovaries, and cervix.Female reproductive anatomyillustrationUterus - illustration The uterus is a hollow muscular organ located in the female pelvis between the bladder and rectum. The ovaries produce the eggs that travel through the fallopian tubes. Once the egg has left the ovary it can be fertilized and implant itself in the lining of the uterus. The main function of the uterus is to nourish the developing fetus prior to birth. UterusillustrationAntibodies - illustration Antigens are large molecules (usually proteins) on the surface of cells, viruses, fungi, bacteria, and some non-living substances such as toxins, chemicals, drugs, and foreign particles. The immune system recognizes antigens and produces antibodies that destroy substances containing antigens. AntibodiesillustrationA Closer Look Urinary tract infection(In-Depth)Self Care Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) - aftercareRelated Information Chlamydia(Condition)Respiratory(Special Topic)Blindness and vision loss(Symptoms)Cervicitis(Condition)Infertility(Condition)Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)(Condition)Ectopic pregnancy(Condition)Infertility in women(In-Depth) Review Date: 6/3/2020 Reviewed By: LaQuita Martinez, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Alpharetta, GA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team. 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