What is Female Chlamydia?
Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease which is found both in men and women. Female Chlamydia is usually more common than male Chlamydia. Chlamydia in women causes inflammation in the reproductive tract that includes cervix, urethra and Fallopian tube.
With proper treatment, this condition can be cured, though there are chances of reoccurring or repetition of Chlamydia infection. If left untreated, it can cause the destruction of the Fallopian tubes and even lead to infertility in women.
Causes of Female Chlamydia
Chlamydia is caused due to the bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis. It is easily spread from one person to another through any type of unprotected sexual activity which includes vaginal, anal or oral sex. It does not need actual penetration, even with mere contact of the genital fluid of the infected person, this condition can spread.
Symptoms of Female Chlamydia
In most cases, Chlamydia in women shows no symptoms for a long time. 70% of women are asymptomatic, But, some women experience the following signs and symptoms that include:
- Vaginal discharge
- Bleeding or spotting after sex
- Abdominal pain
- Urge to pee more than usual
- If left untreated, then it can lead to Pelvic inflammatory disease
Diagnosis of Chlamydia in Female
In the following ways female Chlamydia can be diagnosed:
- Non-invasive screening tests like urine test and vaginal swabs.
- Pap test
Treatment for Female Chlamydia
With the proper course of antibiotics, Chlamydia can be cured. The patient will be asked to take the prescribed antibiotic for 7 to 14 days. The commonly used antibiotics for treating chlamydia are azithromycin and doxycycline
Prevention of Female Chlamydia
In the following ways, one can prevent Chlamydia:
- Using condoms
- Using dental dams during oral sex
- Limiting the number of partners
- Getting regularly screened for sexually transmitted diseases - Since chlamydia infection is most commonly asymptomatic, it is necessary that you are screened if you're sexually active and under 25 years old, you should get tested for chlamydia every year or every time you have a new partner.