There are many sexually transmitted infections (STI) and diseases you can contract when you are not practising safe sex and sleeping with multiple partners. One of the most common ones is Chlamydia, and the reason for this is that people can have this bacterial infection and not realise it. Some people do not display symptoms and can transmit it even without having full sex, and if left untreated, it can cause infertility and arthritis. There are some warning signs to look out for that you may have contracted this STI, and there are also a few ways you can effectively treat it. Below are some symptoms that can develop and how you can treat this sexually transmitted infection.
How You Can Contract Chlamydia
You can contract Chlamydia when having unprotected sex with your partner, which includes vaginal, anal, and oral sex. However, you can also contract Chlamydia without having sex, and it can be transmitted when contacting the genitals or genital fluid of someone infected. You can also catch this bacterial infection when using unclean sex toys, so you will want to ensure you clean any toys thoroughly before using them if they are not yours. If you do contract this sexually transmitted infection, there are some warning signs you can look for that may confirm you have caught this common infection.
Warning Signs You May Have Chlamydia
Various symptoms can develop when you have contracted Chlamydia, but some of these are the same as other STIs, so you must get tested before seeking treatment. You can go to your local sexual health clinic or visit your doctor to get yourself tested, and some of the common symptoms that may mean you have contracted the infection are as follows:
- Pan while having sexual intercourse
- Pain while you pee
- A discharge from the vagina or penis
- Pain and discharge from the anus
- Swollen testicles that are also tender
- A sore throat
- Pain the lower stomach
The symptoms are similar to other STIs, so if you notice one or more of the above symptoms, it may mean you have Chlamydia, or you can have another STI. The treatments will be different, so you must get tested, so your doctor knows the best course of Chlamydia medication for you.
The Most Popular Chlamydia Treatments
When you have been diagnosed as having Chlamydia, there are two popular medications that your doctor may prescribe you. The most common treatment is doxycycline, an antibiotic you take twice daily over seven days, which should be enough to clear the condition up for you. The second most common treatment is azithromycin, and you will take two tablets on day one and one tablet on days two and three, which is also an effective treatment for Chlamydia. Your doctor will prescribe the medication they think will work best for you, and it can clear the condition up quickly, although you will want to refrain from sex for a few weeks. Once cured, ensure you are more careful in future and only have sex with trusted partners and always use protection.