What's all the fuss about?

Facts about chlamydia


What Is It?

Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) for males and females in the UK. It is caught through sexual contact with someone who already has the infection. Some people might have caught chlamydia and don't know they have it, as most of the time there aren't any symptoms.

You should take it seriously. If you catch it, and it’s left untreated, chlamydia can cause infertility (problems getting pregnant or getting someone pregnant). It can also cause an ectopic pregnancy (where the fertilised egg develops outside the womb). Other problems may include pelvic inflammation disease (PID) and painful, swollen testicles. Untreated chlamydia can be passed from infected mothers to babies during birth and could cause eye problems and possible pneumonia.
Remember, damage can still be caused to your health even when you don’t have symptoms. The risk of infertility is increased if you get Chlamydia again and again.

So are there symptoms?

Most of the time there aren't any symptoms, but sometimes there might be some of these...

Female symptoms:
·        Unusual vaginal discharge
·        Bleeding between periods
·        Bleeding after sex  
·        Heavier periods
·        Pain during sex
·        Pain when peeing
·        Pain in the lower abdomen
Male symptoms:
·        A white or cloudy discharge from the penis
·        Pain when peeing
·        Itching or soreness around the penis
·        Swelling of the testicles

If you catch chlamydia you will be infectious (able to pass it on) after about 40 hours. It can take between 1-3 weeks after infection for symptoms to appear or it can take months. Remember, for most people symptoms might not appear at all.

Use a condom every time you have sex to help prevent chlamydia and other STIs, including HIV being passed on. Get free condoms through the
C-Card scheme.

Every time you have sex with someone new, have a chlamydia test.