SILENT FERTILITY KILLER CONT’D
I am honestly sorry for keeping you hanging all these days, there were situations I couldn’t take total control of.
Notwithstanding , I am glad to write today and I hope we conclude this topic today but if not we can do it in the next post.
I really hope you are following me closely or should I just ask if this has been helpful in anyway? About four weeks ago I started talking about silent sexually transmitted diseases that can cause infertility if left untreated, in case you missed the first two posts read it here and here. Chlamydia and gonorrhea are important preventable causes of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and infertility and I discussed GONORRHEA in the previous posts.
I will proceed to the second disease I mentioned earlier which is: CHLAMYDIA .
WHAT IS CHLAMYDIA ?
According to the Center for Diseases Prevention and Control ( CDC) , it is a common STD that can infect both men and women. It can cause serious, permanent damage to a woman’s reproductive system if left untreated. This can make it difficult or impossible for her to get pregnant later on. Chlamydia can also cause a potentially fatal ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy that occurs outside the womb).
THINGS YOU WILL SEE WHEN YOU HAVE CHLAMYDIA
Most people who have chlamydia have no symptoms. If you do have symptoms, they may not appear until several weeks after you have sex with an infected partner. Even when chlamydia causes no symptoms, it can damage your reproductive system.
Women with symptoms may notice
- An abnormal vaginal discharge;( that is even if you know the normal vagina discharge)
- A burning sensation when urinating.
Symptoms in men can include
- A discharge from their penis;
- A burning sensation when urinating;
- Pain and swelling in one or both testicles ( this is less common).
Men and women can also get infected with chlamydia in their rectum. This happens either by having receptive anal sex, or by spread from another infected site (such as the vagina). While these infections often cause no symptoms, they can cause
- Rectal pain;
You should be examined by your health care provider if you notice any of these symptoms or if your partner has an STD or symptoms of an STD. STD symptoms can include an unusual sore, a smelly discharge, burning when urinating, or bleeding between periods.
MODE OF TRANSMISSION OF CHLAMYDIA
One can get chlamydia by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has chlamydia.
As a woman/lady you can still get chlamydia even if he( sex partner) does not ejaculate/release semen.
If you’ve had chlamydia and were treated in the past, you can still get infected again. This can happen if you have unprotected sex with someone who has chlamydia.
The only way to avoid STDs is by total ABSTINENCE from sex!
If you are sexually active, you can do the following things to lower your chances of getting chlamydia:
- Be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested and has negative STD test results; i.e having just one faithful sexual partner.
- Use latex condoms the right way every time you have sex.
Sexually active women younger than 25 years, you should get a test for chlamydia every year. If you are an older woman with risk factors such as new or multiple sex partners, or a sex partner who has an STD, you should get a test for chlamydia every year.
If a pregnant woman have chlamydia, she can pass the infection to her baby during delivery. This could cause an eye infection or pneumonia in your newborn. Having chlamydia may also make it more likely to deliver your baby prematurely
If you are pregnant, you should get tested for chlamydia at your first antenatal visit. Testing and treatment are the best ways to prevent health problems.
IS THERE A CURE FOR CHLAMYDIA?
Of course Yes, chlamydia can be cured with the right treatment.
Chlamydia can be easily cured with antibiotics. It is important that you take all of the medication prescribed by your healthcare provider (don’t do self medication or visit quack) to cure your infection. When taken properly it will stop the infection and could decrease your chances of having complications later on.
Note that: You can be re-infected with chlamydia again especially if your sex partner has not been treated , you should be tested again about three months after you are treated, even if your sex partner(s) was treated.
COMPLICATIONS OF CHLAMYDIA IF LEFT UNTREATED
The initial damage that chlamydia causes often goes unnoticed. However, chlamydia can lead to serious health problems.
If you are a woman, untreated chlamydia can spread to your uterus and fallopian tubes (tubes that carry fertilized eggs from the ovaries to the uterus). This can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
Untreated sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), a serious condition, in women. 1 in 8 women with a history of PID experience difficulties getting pregnant.
PID often has no symptoms, however some women may have abdominal and pelvic pain. PID can cause permanent damage to your reproductive system. PID can lead to long-term pelvic pain, inability to get pregnant, and potentially deadly ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy outside the uterus).
Men rarely have health problems linked to chlamydia. Infection sometimes spreads to the tube that carries sperm from the testicles. Rarely, chlamydia can prevent a man from being able to have children.
Untreated chlamydia may also increase your chances of getting or giving HIV – the virus that causes AIDS.
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