Today’s guest is a killer…. But not in the usual sense of the word. Chlamydia is a silent killer in that it can be the cause of infertility. Our under 25’s are most at risk, and this is a time when we are avoiding pregnancy at all cost. In fact a period that is a day or 2 late at this point can send a girl into a tailspin!
The killer is the loss of children that may be very wanted and welcomed a few years later. The anguish some couples go through when trying desperately to fall pregnant, and later finding out that one of them is infertile is crushing.
You may not be thinking about one of these little guys right now, but one day it may be the focus or your world…
Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections in the western world, especially amongst our under 25’s, that’s not to say it is restricted to them. Chlamydia is a bacterial infection, and one of the big issues with this one is that only about 25% of males and 70% of females will ever have any symptoms. This means you may be carrying this bacteria from one partner to another for years and spreading the infection. It can lead to PID, and cause infertility.
Chlamydia is usually transferred through vaginal or anal intercourse, however it can also cause an eye infection if you touch your eye after touching the genitals of someone who is infected. Oral sex with someone infected can cause a throat infection.
Symptoms, if there are any, can be a slight discharge, burning and irritation when you pee. Please don’t ignore this stuff. A simple swab taken by the doctor can confirm an infection and a course of antibiotics will clear it up… easy!
PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease) as they are often linked, I have thrown in PID this week for you 🙂
PID is actually the result of other STI’s having accessed the female reproductive system. Chlamydia is thought to be one of the primary infections leading to PID. The issue with this is both Chlamydia and PID are asymptomatic in most women, so you could have an issue with your reproductive system, and not even know it.
Left undiagnosed and untreated, PID can cause ectopic and tubal pregnancy, pelvic pain and infertility. If you are sexually active, especially if you have had multiple partners or been with someone who has, it is very important to include testing for PID in your regular visit to your doctor.