Commonly referred to as the ‘silent infection’, chlamydia is commonly known for showing little to no signs or symptoms - this means it can sometimes go untreated and as a result, cause serious complications.
Some long-term health problems associated with untreated chlamydia include :
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
See also: What is Chlamydia?
If you think you may have contracted chlamydia, it’s important to get tested - this can be done with your local doctor or from the comfort of your own home with an at-home lab test.
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Does chlamydia cause long term damage?
When chlamydia is detected early, it can be treated with a short course of antibiotics. If it goes unnoticed, it can result in long-term health problems.
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
About 10-15% of women with untreated chlamydia will develop Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) - an infection of one or more of the upper reproductive organs. PID can lead to long-term pelvic pain, infertility, and ectopic pregnancy.
If PID goes untreated, it can cause permanent damage to the fallopian tubes, uterus and surrounding tissues which can lead to infertility in women .
Epididymo-orchitis is the inflammation of the testicals. It typically consists of pain and swelling and is often the result of an untreated sexually transmitted infection in men .
See also: Symptoms Of Chlamydia In Men
How long does it take to clear chlamydia?
Chlamydia is commonly treated with antibiotics. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) usually recommended a seven day course of antibiotics as treatment though this will depend on your health care provider.
It's recommended to avoid sexual activity for seven days following your antibiotic course to avoid spreading chlamydia to your partner(s).
Regular STD testing is crucial for ensuring yourself and your partner remain happy and healthy.
If you’re unable to make a trip to the doctor, LetsGetChecked’s range of STI Tests allow you to check for chlamydia, as well as a range of other common STIs, from the comfort of your own home.
You should consider taking a test if:
- You become sexually active
- You have had unprotected sex
- You’re experiencing symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection
- You’re entering into a new sexual relationship
- You have received a notification from a previous partner that they are infected (STIs can remain dormant for years and/ or take up to three weeks to become detectable.)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chlamydia - CDC Fact Sheet. Online: CDC.gov, 2016
- Mayo Clinic. Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Online: Mayoclinic.org, 2020
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. STDs & Infertility. Online: CDC.gov, 2013
- HSE. Acute Epididymo-orchitis. Online: HSE.ie, 2019