It can be difficult to know you have chlamydia because symptoms are not always present. But it is one of the most popular STD’s in the United States, so it is good to be aware of the symptoms, and simply its presence in the dating pool. Medical professionals say that seventy-five percent of cases in women have zero symptoms, and fifty percent in men.
A doctor can check for sure by taking a sample from the genitals or urine and sending it to a lab to be tested. It is a pretty easy test. Treatment would include a prescription for an antibiotic to kill the bacteria. The antibiotics azithromycin or doxycycline are usually used. It clears in about a week, after treatment initiation. If it has progressed badly, hospitalization may be required. Treatment is the same, however. It is important to retest after treatment to ensure you no longer have the infection. Here are eight signs you have contracted chlamydia:
1. Abnormal, clear or cloudy discharge
This is the case for both men and women; if you are noticing this, and you have been sexually active in the prior six months, you might want to consider scheduling an appointment for STD testing at your local doctor’s office, OB/GYN (obstetrician/ gynecologist), or Planned Parenthood location. If it is not an STD, then at least you will be one step closer to finding out what is causing this abnormality.
If it is an STD, such as Chlamydia, then you will be that much closer at getting treatment and avoiding the rest of this list of symptoms. Typically, it is not a lot of discharge, rather a small amount that might take a week to really become aware of. It may be clear and viscous or cloudy viscus. It may have a funky smell to it.