Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted infection that is mainly passed on from infected people during sexual intercourse. Chlamydia primarily resides in the semen or vaginal fluids of infected persons and is contracted if you have contact with such fluids through anal or vaginal sex.
It is estimated that the STI, which is a bacterial infection caused by Chlamydia trachomatis, is found in about one in every ten people under 25. Usually, the symptoms are so mild and are hardly noticed until it spreads to other parts of the body.
They may also show up early in other patients. It is advisable to treat the infection as soon as discovered as it can develop into serious problems including infertility. So how long can you have Chlamydia before you have symptoms?
The symptoms of Chlamydia usually show up between the 1st and the 3rd week after coming into contact with the bacterial infection. While the main mode of transmission is through unprotected vaginal or anal sex, oral sex is another common cause of infection. It is estimated that 70% of infected women and 50% of infected men are oblivious of the disease since its symptoms are elusive in early stages. Depending on ones immunity, the symptoms may show within 3 weeks, after several months or until the infection is fully grown and spread on to other parts of the body.
In women, the symptoms include the following;
- Heavier periods and/or bleeding between periods
- Bleeding immediately or a few minutes after sex
- Pain and/or bleeding during sex
- Pelvic pain
- Pain when passing urine
- Unusual vaginal discharge
In men, the following symptoms are experienced;
- Pain when passing urine
- Pain in the testicles
- Cloudy, watery discharge from the penis
Some of these symptoms are associated with various other STIs, conditions and exhaustions, which is why identifying them can be difficult. However, clear indications like bleeding and extreme pain around your reproductive system should call for diagnosis of possible Chlamydia.
If you experience any of the listed signs and symptoms, you should immediately seek medical attention. It is also advisable to test for the whole range of STIs after unprotected sex especially with a new partner. This will help you discover and treat such infections before they encroach into your immune system.
Some people can also live many years without ever noticing they have Chlamydia. The infection is very easy to cure and treatment can be purchased online, so it should not cause any stress when diagnosed.