Ana Therese Williams BSN RN
After gonorrhea, another very common sexually transmitted disease called Chlamydia will be dis-cussed.
Before going any further, do you experience any abnormal vaginal discharge that may have an odor, or abdominal pain with fever, or itching/burning in or around your vagina? Or do you have small amounts of clear or cloudy discharge from the tip of your penis, painful urination, burning and itching around the opening of your penis, pain and swelling around your testicles?
Actually, it is not easy to tell if you are infected with chlamydia since symptoms are not always apparent. But when they do occur, they are usually noticeable within one to three weeks of contact, according to the medical experts.
You should know that chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases all over the world. This infection is easily spread because it often causes no symptoms and may be unknowingly passed to other sexual partners other than your legal spouse.
In fact, research showed that about 75 percent of infections in women and 50 percent in men are without symptoms.
There are a few different tests your doctor can use to diagnose chlamydia. He or she will probably use a swab to take a sample from the urethra in men or from the cervix in women and then will send the specimen to a laboratory to be analyzed. There are also other tests which check a urine sample for the presence of the bacteria.
And if you don’t get your chlamydia treated at once, infected women will usually suffer from pelvic inflammatory disease that can lead to damage of the fallopian tubes or the tubes connecting the ovaries to the uterus or even cause infertility or the inability to have children.
In addition to that, women who have chlamy-dia get the risk of getting ectopic pregnancy or when the fertilized egg implants and develops outside the uterus.
Chlamy-dia may also cause pre-mature births or giving birth too early from the expected date of confinement and the infection can be passed along from the mother to her child during childbirth causing an eye infection, blindness, or pneumonia in the newborn.
Infected men who don’t get treatment at once will also suffer from non-gonococcal urethritis (NGU) or an infection of the urethra that, by the way, is the tube by which men and women pass urine. The two other medical complications are epididymitis or an infection of the epididymis – the tube that carries sperm away from the testes, and proctitis or an inflammation of the rectum.
To prevent, you simply have to practice sexual abstinence or limit sexual contact to ONE UNINFECTED sexual partner. Self-control is the major key and secret in order to be free from any STDs. But if you think you are infected, avoid sexual contact, and see your doctor, either OB-Gynecologist (for women) or urologist (for men).
HEALTHWATCHING: As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him. Psalm 103:1