STD’s Ain’t Fun At All
Chlamydia is deemed to be the most common sexually transmitted disease in the entire world. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that over 1.5 million Chlamydia cases were reported back in 2015.
The infection is much more common than syphilis and gonorrhea and most people often do not exhibit symptoms until it is already too late.
In some cases, Chlamydia has been known to cause serious damage to the reproductive system. But despite its negative effects, Chlamydia is a treatable disease.
Chlamydia is an infection that can be acquired through unprotected oral, vaginal, or anal sex. Because the infection may not exhibit symptoms early on, about 70% of people may not know that they already have the infection.
Despite Chlamydia being a common sexually transmitted infection, it cannot be transmitted through these means:
- Sharing a Sauna with Infected People
- Coming into contact with a toilet seat that has just been used by an infected person
- Sharing a bath with an infected person
- Sharing an office or things with an infected colleague
It is also a known fact that mothers who have been infected by Chlamydia may pass on their infection to their children after giving birth. This would often lead to complications such as pneumonia, for example.
The infection is caused by the Chlamydia Trachomatis or C. Trachomatis bacteria. The bacteria may affect several different organs including the vagina, penis, anus, eye, cervix, throat, and urethra. It may cause serious and sometimes permanent damage to the reproductive system of an infected person.
Despite the fact that the infection does not give out symptoms early on, one may exhibit symptoms just days or even weeks after contracting the infection. Some symptoms include:
- Burning sensation when urinating
- Painful sex
- Abdominal pain
- Large quantities of vaginal discharge- often foul-smelling
- Swelling around the genital and anal area
When you suspect that you have Chlamydia, it is important that you consult with a doctor immediately because if it left untreated, it may cause serious and permanent damage to your reproductive system which will result in infertility or even ectopic pregnancy.
In most cases, doctors will prescribe their patients with antibiotics which should be taken as per the doctor’s orders. Some medications for Chlamydia may include Doxycycline or Azithromycin. In other cases, stem cell treatment is the way to go, as there has been new research done which shows good promise in the treatment putting up a fight against the STD.
For pregnant women, they will be given some alternative antibiotics as the two that were previously mentioned can be detrimental to their baby’s health. Some alternative medicines include levofloxacin, ofloxacin, and erythromycin.
People who take medications for the treatment of Chlamydia may experience some side effects, including gastrointestinal issues, stomach pain, diarrhea, and nausea.
As they say, prevention is always better than cure. Chlamydia is a preventable infection and all you need to do is to practice safe sex. Always wear a condom, use a dental dam during oral sex, and always go for regular checkups, especially if you frequently have sex.
If you have chlamydia and you do not want to spread the infection to others, it is important that you complete your cycle of treatment first before having sexual intercourse again.