STDs or sexually transmitted diseases are one of the many types of infections that are growing and ballooning in number nowadays. One of the most common types of STDs is none other than Chlamydia. However, many of us are still unaware of what this type of STD is and what are its important facts and details. This article will help in relieving these questions as we tackle about the disease Chlamydia and how to catch Chlamydia.
What is Chlamydia? Chlamydia is defined as a common STD that is caused by a bacterium called Chlamydia trachomatis. This bacterium usually invades the woman’s reproductive organs causing damage and other symptoms. However, the direct symptoms of Chlamydia are known to be mild or even absent. What make it dangerous are the serious complications it can create, which causes irreversible damage such as infertility. Aside from this, men can also experience side effects of Chlamydia such as having discharge from the penis. Nowadays, Chlamydia is said to be the most common STD in the US reaching more than a million infections in a year.
How is Chlamydia transmittable? Chlamydia can actually be obtained through sexual contact with another person that is infected. This can be transferred through any types of sexual activities including vaginal, anal or even oral sex. In addition to this, infected mothers giving birth to a baby can also pass it to their offspring. It is also said that the greater number of sexual partners, the higher than chance also of getting Chlamydia. Homosexual activities can also bridge the way for Chlamydia infection.
What are the known symptoms of Chlamydia? Chlamydia is known by many people as the silent disease. This is due to the fact that most of the infected people do not show any signs of this disease. Some, who are unfortunate enough to have the symptoms, only experience it 1 to 3 weeks after their exposure. Among women, Chlamydia can actually cause irregular and unusual discharges from their vagina. This causes burning sensation upon urination and can also spread from the cervix all the way to the fallopian tubes. This is the reason why infertility is possible in Chlamydia infection since the fallopian tubes are the ones that holds the ovaries. Some women may also experience lower abdominal pain, low back pain, nausea, fever, painful intercourse and unusual bleeding. Men may also experience burning sensation upon urination and the presence of discharge. Burning and itching can also be possible as well as pain and swelling in the testicles. However, the latter is already considered rare.
Eye infection could also be possible if it is transferred from an infected hand. This only shows that regular hand washing is very ideal in all cases or diseases, including Chlamydia. These are just some of the facts about Chlamydia including the ways it is transferred from one person to another and some of its common symptoms.