Chlamydia also sometimes referred to as Chamydia trachomatis, is one of the bacteria that may lead to infection which is similar to gonorrhea in terms of contagion as well as occurrence of symptoms. This condition is common and is recorded in approx 4 million women every year. Similar to gonorrhea, Chlamydia bacteria is usually found in bacterium in the cervix as well as urethra. It can also be found in throat as well as rectum. In most cases the symptoms of this condition is nondescript and goes unnoticed in case of women as well as men. This may lead to unintentional spread of the infection. Another type of Chlamydia trachomatis may causes STD or Sexually Transmitted Diseases such as lymphogranuloma venereum.
Symptoms of Chlamydia
In majority of cases women with Chlamydia may not have any symptoms. Infection of uterine cervix which is also scientifically referred to as Cervicitis is one of the most common signs of the condition. Though over 50% of women may not experience any symptoms of the condition, some other women may notice pain in the abdomen as well as vaginal discharge. Infection in the urethra is also often discussed with cervix infection caused due to Chlamydia. Women with the urethritis or urethra infection may also suffer from typical symptoms of UTI or Urinary tract Infection. Some other common symptoms of Chlamydia may include:
- Pain while urination
- Increase frequency of urination
- Urgency of passing urine etc
- Foul discharge from vagina
- Bleeding untimely between menstrual cycles
- Bleeding after sexual intercourse
Chlamydia is believed to be damaging to the Fallopian tube. It may also lead to severe pelvic infection. If the condition is left untreated, approximately 30% of women with the condition may also develop PID or Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. Some of the common symptoms of Pelvic infection are, fever, cramp in pelvis region, pain in abdomen or excruciating pain while sexual intercourse. Pelvic infection may lead to difficulties in becoming pregnant or even causes sterility. In rare cases when the condition is extremely severe, the affected individual may suffer from localized infection as well as abscess development. In such cases it may become essential to undergo surgical treatment process.
Diagnosis of Chlamydia
In order to get rid of this condition it is essential to diagnose it first and confirm its affliction. Consult a doctor and undergo possible tests that he suggests. Your doctor may suggest you to undergo urine test as well as a swab tests which is carried by acquiring fluid or discharge from vagina. The swab test is performed by placing a swab at the tip of penis in males and opening of urethra in case of females. This may cause discomfort or burning sensation while performing the test.
Treatment of Chlamydia in women
The treatment of Chlamydia may be dissimilar in different women. Typical treatment of Chlamydia may include Doxycycline of 100 mg power that should be administered 2 to 3 times a day for a regimen of 10 to 14 days. In some cases, your doctor may suggest you Zithromax which is azithromycin, instead of Doxycycline, with the power of 1.0 gm taken in a single dose. There may be other treatment suggested for you. In order to acquire effective treatment for Chlamydia, it is essential to consult a doctor.