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Chlamydia (cont.)

Chlamydia Symptoms

Symptoms of chlamydia infection depend on gender.

Chlamydia Symptoms in Women

  • No symptoms in a majority of cases
  • Bleeding after sexual relations or between menstrual periods
  • Lower abdominal pain and burning pain during urination
  • Discharge from the vagina

Chlamydia Symptoms in Men

Like women, men who are infected may not show symptoms. Estimates of those with no symptoms range from 25% to 50% of infected men.

  • Discharge from the penis
  • Pain, burning during urination
  • Inflammation or infection of a duct in the testicles, tenderness or pain in the testicles

When to Seek Medical Care for Chlamydia

Call your doctor if you experience any of the following:

  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain
  • Discharge from the penis or vagina
  • Pain with urination
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Frequent urination
  • Sexual contact with an infected person. Most often, a sexual partner is informed about a chlamydial infection, and this is the first indication of the presence of the disease. All partners of an infected person should be treated to prevent the spread of the infection back and forth.

When to go to the hospital

Chlamydial infections can develop into serious medical conditions if not treated.

  • Women: Pelvic inflammatory disease is a serious medical condition, which occurs in a significant portion of untreated cases and can lead to sterility. Fever, abdominal pain, and vaginal discharge can be symptoms of this disease. Women with these symptoms need to go imeediately to a hospital's emergency department or urgent care facility for treatment.
  • Men: Fever, discharge from the penis, and painful urination may signal an infection, which may involve inflammation of the testicles. Men with these symptoms need to go immediately to a hospital's emergency department or urgent care facility for treatment.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/2/2016

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