You can catch many STIs (sexually transmitted infections) if you are not careful and have unprotected sex with numerous individuals. However, you can get an STI, such as Chlamydia, that you do not have to have full-blown sex to catch, and there are symptoms to look for that may mean you have this STI. Below is more information about Chlamydia, including how you can contract it and the symptoms to look out for that may tell you that you need to seek treatment.
What Is Chlamydia?
Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that the bacteria Chlamydia Trachomatis causes, and when you contract this STI, you will want to treat it as quickly as possible. If you leave the condition untreated, it can lead to fertility issues and can also cause reactive arthritis. The good news is there is various Chlamydia medication you can take that can clear up the condition quickly.
Different Ways You Can Contract Chlamydia
There are various ways you can get Chlamydia, and below are some of the most common ways so you can understand the risk you face when you are with a new sexual partner.
- Having unprotect intercourse can put you are risk of catching Chlamydia.
- Using sex toys that have not been cleaned can also lead you to contracting Chlamydia.
- Coming into contact with the genitals of someone that has the condition can also pass it onto you.
- Coming into contact with the genital fluids of someone with Chlamydia can also pass it onto you.
Some Of The Symptoms That May Show You Have Chlamydia
There are also warning signs and symptoms that you can look for that may mean you have contracted Chlamydia. These symptoms can include any of the following:
- A discharge from the vagina or penis
- Pain whilst having sex
- Pain whilst urinating
- Swollen and tender testicles
- Pain and discharge from the anus
- A sore throat
- A pain in the lower stomach
- Bleeding after sex or between periods
If you have any of the above symptoms, you will want to get yourself tested as quickly as possible so you can get the treatment you need to clear the condition up quickly.
The Medication You Can Take To Cure Chlamydia
The good news is that there is medication you can take that can clear up your Chlamydia, and there are two different effective treatments you can take. You will need a prescription from your doctor, who will decide which medication is best for you. The two different medications you can take are as follows:
Doxycycline: The most effective medication you can take is Doxycycline, which will require taking a tablet twice daily for seven days.
Azithromycin: If you cannot take Doxycycline, your doctor may prescribe Azithromycin, and you will take two 500mg tablets on the first day and one pill for the next two days.
Whatever treatment you take, you will need to wait for at least a week before engaging in sexual activity, and you may also want to be more careful in future. Select your sexual partners carefully, and when having sex with someone new, always ensure you use protection.