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Chlamydia symptoms vary and they are not always noticeable. With an estimated 50% of men and over 70% of women not showing any symptoms, chlamydia often goes unnoticed, which is why is passed on extremely quickly within the population.

If you are experiencing chlamydia symptoms or believe you may have contracted the infection, you should get tested. Some other sexually transmitted infections can cause the same symptoms as chlamydia, which is why testing is essential in order to diagnose chlamydia.

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What Are The Symptoms Of Chlamydia?

In cases where symptoms of chlamydia become noticeable, they usually appear one to three weeks following the date of infection. However, the disease often remains symptomless and it can take months or years before patients notice any symptoms.  Men and women who are infected with chlamydia are often unaware of the infection and pass it on to other partners. When chlamydia is left untreated for a long period of time, it can cause damage to the reproductive system.

Symptoms in Men

Typical symptoms of chlamydia include:

  • White/cloudy, gooey or watery discharge from the tip of the penis
  • Skin Irritation at the tip of the penis
  • Pain while urinating (burning sensation)
  • Pain around the testicles

Some of these symptoms may disappear within days, which can cause men to assume that the problem was temporary and trivial. If you have noticed any of these chlamydia symptoms you must get tested, even if your symptoms have improved. For more in depth information, see our chlamydia symptoms in men guide.

Symptoms in Women

In women, the following symptoms may occur:

  • Itching or burning in or around the vagina
  • Abnormal vaginal discharge (secretion) that may have an unusual colour or smell
  • Bleeding between periods and painful/heavy periods
  • Pain and/or bleeding when having sex
  • Lower abdominal pain

In some cases, chlamydia can spread to areas other than the reproductive system. It can spread to the rectum and cause severe discomfort and discharge. If the chlamydia bacteria are rubbed in the eyes, they can cause irritation, pain and conjunctivitis. When chlamydia is transmitted during oral sex, it can cause a throat infection. For more in depth information, see our chlamydia symptoms in women guide.

Testing For Chlamydia

The symptoms of chlamydia are rather unspecific and they can indicate a variety of infections. If you experience any of these symptoms, you need to visit your GP or GUM clinic to get tested. Alternatively, you can save time and order your chlamydia test online from us and receive it within 48 hours. If you are suffering from an eye infection which does not clear when using a standard conjunctivitis treatment you should also consider getting tested for chlamydia.

Who Can Get Chlamydia?

Anyone can catch chlamydia when having unprotected sex. There is no way of telling whether or not a new sexual partner has chlamydia. Young people are the most at risk of contracting chlamydia, with 88% of all new cases being diagnosed in the under-25s for women and 69% among men.
You have a higher risk of contracting chlamydia and subsequent complications if:

  • You have had multiple sexual partners in the last year (the higher the number of partners the greater the risk)
  • You don't use condoms
  • You have already contracted a sexually transmitted infection

Early Treatment Is The Key

When diagnosed at an early stage, the treatment for PID and chlamydia is both swift and effective. However, if the infection is left untreated the following complications can occur:

  • Chlamydia conjunctivitis or trachoma can lead to blindness
  • It can cause reactive arthritis (Reiter's Syndrome)
  • It can infect lymph nodes
  • It can result in perinatal infections with spontaneous abortions
  • premature births, conjunctivitis, blindness and pneumonia all possible complications

If you're concerned that you may be infected, it is important that you don't just wait around, but get tested right away. If you feel embarrassed or if STIs are something you'd rather not discuss with your GP, you can get tested quickly and discretely by ordering a chlamydia test kit from our website.

No Symptoms Of Chlamydia?

If you know you are infected with chlamydia, there are two good reasons for getting treated immediately: 1) the infection can cause complications and spread to other parts of your body, starting with your reproductive system; 2) you can infect your partner, who might unknowingly infect more people in the future.

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