Life Threatening Chlamydia Symptoms Women Need to Know

Last modified: August 2, 2019

Richard Honaker M.D.
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Women need to know what chlamydia is and what its symptoms are. Chlamydia is actually a very common sexually transmitted disease (STD) that is caused by the bacterium chlamydia trachomatis. This bacterium can severely damage the reproductive organs of women.

Not to mention the eyes, throat, and lungs as well. If the disease remained unnoticed and untreated, chlamydia can even cause infertility.

About one out of twenty women in the UK have chlamydia and it is most common among those who are aged 15-25 years. People call it the silent infection because most of the time, it has no symptoms. Women need to know that chlamydia can be spread through oral, anal, and vaginal sex.

It can be avoided by using a condom in every sexual encounter or activity. For new partners, it’s best for both parties involved to be sure that they are both disease free. Get tested first to avoid spreading or getting infected with it.

Symptoms of Chlamydia in Women

Women need to know that most of the time symptoms of chlamydia in women are not noticeable at all. There are only about 30 percent of female chlamydia patients who notice the symptoms. If the symptoms become noticeable, they often start to show within the first 3 weeks of infection.

Life Threatening Chlamydia Symptoms Women Need to Know

Changes in Vaginal Discharge

Cervicitis is the infection of the uterine cervix and is usually the cause of chlamydia discharge in women. This is the most widely seen manifestation of chlamydia in women. The discharge is often colored either yellow or milky white.

Women need to know that burning sensation can also be felt while urinating. This is brought about by chlamydia microbes that infect the urethra and cause a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI). The manifestation is the pain or burning sensation while peeing and an unexpected and serious compulsion to urinate.

If left untreated, the chlamydia infection could spread from the cervix to the fallopian tubes. As a result, the following are the possible symptoms: pain or bleeding while having sex, bleeding in between periods, nausea or fever, and pains on the abdomen, lower back or a heavy feeling in the hips area.

Life Threatening Chlamydia Symptoms Women Need to Know

Infertility in Women

Women need to know that chlamydia is a prevalent source of infertility. When the woman is infected, the infection first affects the cervix. And if the infection is not treated, it will spread to the fallopian tubes and ovaries.

Then it can cause damage to the hairs lining the fallopian tubes. The hairs guide the egg from the ovaries to the womb. The damage caused results to scarring, which causes the tubes to become blocked. The blockage could result to infertility permanently.

There were cases wherein women who obtained scarring because of chlamydia who were still able to conceive. But, there could be a risk of an ectopic pregnancy. The baby could develop in the fallopian tubes instead of in the womb.

This type of pregnancy could become dangerous for the mother and it would be ideal to be diagnosed immediately to stop any dangerous complications that can arise.

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

More commonly known as PID, pelvic inflammatory disease is a bacterial infection in the womb and/or fallopian tubes. It is usually caused by chlamydia and as a result women suffer from chlamydia related infertility mentioned earlier.

Here are the usual symptoms of PID in women:

  • Abdominal vaginal bleeding like rare heavy periods
  • Bleeding in between periods
  • Bleeding while having sex
  • Pain while having sex
  • Abnormal vaginal discharge
  • Fever
  • Lower back pain

Life Threatening Chlamydia Symptoms Women Need to Know

Sometimes the infection can take effect in just a few days, but sometimes it can also happen slowly. If the bacteria stay at the neck of the womb, there might be some time before you can feel the symptoms. PID is also very common in the UK.

About one out of fifty women acquire it each year. It can usually be seen in women aged 15-24 years. Women need to know that their chances of getting PID are much greater if they have already contracted an STI like chlamydia or gonorrhea.

To treat PID, you would need to take antibiotics for two full weeks. For severe cases, staying at a hospital may be needed, especially if an abscess resulted from the infection.

Cervicitis

The neck of the womb called cervix can become inflamed. This inflammation causes discomfort, bleeding, and irregular discharge. Women need to know that cervicitis can trigger chlamydia symptoms like pain while having sex, burning sensation while peeing, and the sudden need to pee. If it gets ignored and remain untreated, it can cause cervical cysts, backaches, deep pelvic pain, and persistent vaginal discharge.

Bartholinitis

Women need to know that when the chlamydia infection is left untreated, it could yield to the blockage and infection of the Bartholin’s glands. These glands are on both sides of the vaginal opening and release fluids as lubrication during sexual intercourse.

If the glands become blocked because of th3e infection, a cyst or an abscess could be formed. Abscesses are mostly red and painful, which can even trigger the onset of a severe fever.

Life Threatening Chlamydia Symptoms Women Need to Know

The Diagnosis of Chlamydia

This particular STD is easy to test and diagnose. You can get tested at your local sexual health clinic. Get tested even if you don’t experience any symptoms. Women need to know that with the advances of today’s technology, you can also opt for ordering a test kit online.

There is a chlamydia urine test for men while there is a swab test for women. The kits are easy to use and include detailed instructions. Because of this STD’s prevalence among those aged 16-25, chlamydia tests are provided in plenty of youth clubs and universities.

The Significance of Early Treatment

To make sure that chlamydia infection doesn’t spread and result to complications or irreversible impairment get treatment as early as possible. Women need to know that chlamydia treatment in women is done through a single dose of the antibiotic azithromycin.

If you’ve been diagnosed, be gracious enough to contact previous partners to tell them that they could be possibly infected as well. If you prefer to remain anonymous, your sexual health clinic or your test kit provider may be able to contact them for you.

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Reviewed Dr. Richard Honaker

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