What are the symptoms of chlamydia?

Symptoms of chlamydia infection vary among individuals. Some people, particularly women, experience no symptoms at all, especially in the early stages of the disease. However, serious permanent damage to the reproductive tissues and infertility can occur even in the absence of symptoms. When symptoms do appear, they generally occur one to three weeks after exposure to the infection.

Symptoms of chlamydia in women include:

  • Lower abdominal pain

  • Pain or burning with urination

  • Painful sexual intercourse

  • Unusual vaginal discharge

Symptoms of chlamydia in men include:

  • Burning with urination

  • Discharge from the penis

  • Testicular pain

Serious symptoms that might indicate a serious or life-threatening condition

In some cases, advanced chlamydia infection can lead to serious, even life-threatening conditions, such as pelvic inflammatory disease and pelvic abscess, which should be evaluated in an emergency setting. Symptoms include:

  • Abdominal, pelvic, or lower back pain that can be severe

  • Abnormal vaginal discharge or bleeding

  • Fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)

  • Chills

  • Malaise or lethargy

  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

  • Pain with movement or sexual intercourse

However, some women may have no symptoms of pelvic inflammatory disease.

Chlamydia infection can also be passed from an infected mother to her baby during vaginal delivery and can lead to eye infection, blindness, and pneumonia in the newborn. If you are experiencing symptoms or you are concerned about chlamydia, it’s important to contact a medical professional.


What is chlamydia?

Chlamydia is the most commonly reported bacterial sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Source: CDC).

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What causes chlamydia?

Chlamydia is caused by a bacterial infection of the genital tract by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis. Chlamydia is passed from one person to another during sexual contact that involves vaginal, oral, or anal sex. Chlamydia infection can also be passed from an infected mother to her baby during vaginal delivery.

What are the risk factors for chlamydia?

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How is chlamydia treated?

Chlamydia is treatable, and prompt diagnosis and treatment can reduce the risk of developing serious complications, such as premature deliver and infertility, and minimize the spread of the disease to others. You can treat chlamydia by consistently following your treatment plan. Treatment plans generally include antibiotic medications and other treatments.

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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Aug 9, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.