Knowing about Chlamydia Signs and Symptoms in Men and Women

What are the Chlamydia Signs and Symptoms?

Chlamydia Signs and Symptoms in men and women - Most women infected with Chlamydia (ca. 75%) do not display any symptoms. This is the reason why the disease is often referred to as a "silent" disease. If symptoms are present, they usually appear within the first three weeks after exposure. In women, Chlamydia trachomatis initially infects the cervix and the urethra. The most frequent symptoms include an abnormal vaginal discharge or a burning sensation during urination. When the infection spreads from the cervix to the fallopian tubes, some may have abdominal pain, low back pain, nausea, fever, pain during intercourse, or bleeding between menstrual periods while other still have no symptoms. The infection of the cervix can also spread to the rectum.

In men, chlamydia shows symptoms in about 50% of cases. Typical symptoms in men include a discharge from the penis, a burning sensation when urinating, burning and itching around the opening of the penis or swollen or tender testicles, or fever

Men and women who have anal intercourse may get a chlamydial infection in the rectum, which can cause rectal pain, discharge, or bleeding. The bacteria can also infect throats of women and men who have had oral sex with an infected partner.

Half of all infants born to mothers with chlamydia will be infected with the disease. Chlamydia can affect infants by causing premature birth, pneumonia, or conjunctivitis, which may lead to blindness. Conjunctivitis due to chlamydia typically occurs one week after birth.

Symptoms in women

  • vaginal discharge
  • cystitis
  • the need to urinate more frequently
  • pain whilst passing urine
  • fever
  • low back pain
  • pain during sexual intercourse
  • bleeding after sexual intercourse
  • mild lower abdominal pains
  • irregular menstrual bleeding
  • a painful swelling and irritation in the eyes (if infected).

Symptoms in men

  • a white and watery discharge from the penis.
  • a burning sensation or pain when passing urine.
  • a painful swelling and irritation in the eyes (if infected).
  • swollen or tender testicles.

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