Chlamydia is caused by a bacterial infection and is the most common sexually transmitted disease, affecting about 1 in 20 people between 15 and 50. Both these tests will look for the presence of the bacteria, chlamydia trachomatis in your urine. It is important to test for chlamydia as the disease doesn’t always produce symptoms but left untreated can cause infertility and ectopic pregnancy. Chlamydia is easily treated with a course of antibiotics.
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What are the symptoms of Chlamydia?
In women, symptoms of Chlamydia may include:
- an unusual vaginal discharge
- bleeding after intercourse
- bleeding between menstrual periods
- and abdominal or pelvic pain.
In men, symptoms of Chlamydia may include:
- discharge from the penis
- burning sensation during urination
- and swollen and/or painful testicles.
However, about 75% of women and 50% of men with Chlamydia have no symptoms of infection.
In women, untreated Chlamydia can spread into the pelvic area and infect the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries leading to pelvic inflammatory disease, a serious infection. It is also a major cause of cervicitis, urethritis, and endometriosis in women. This is a worry because an infection can cause sterility. This is why we sell this test as all women who are trying for a baby should have this test first as any unprotected sex can cause the infection to be contracted.
How is it treated?
Once it has been diagnosed, Chlamydia can easily be treated and cured with antibiotics.
Why do I need this test?
This test looks for the presence of the bacteria chlamydia trachomatis. It is important that you test for STD’s as they don’t always produce symptoms but left untreated both can cause infertility and ectopic pregnancy. Both STD’s are easily treated with a course of antibiotics so preventing any long term health problems. If a chlamydia infection is suspected, you should avoid sexual intercourse until the test results have come back. If results indicate a chlamydia infection then it’s important not to have unprotected vaginal, oral or anal sex until treatment is completed and the infection has cleared up. Your sexual partner should also be tested and treated to avoid reinfecting you or to avoid infecting others.