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Symptoms of Chlamydia

Symptoms of Chlamydia: Introduction

Symptoms of chlamydia infection can 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.

Symptoms generally begin to occur one to three weeks after exposure to the infection. Symptoms of chlamydia infection in women include lower abdominal pain, painful or burning with urination, unusual vaginal discharge, and painful sexual intercourse. Symptoms of chlamydia infection in men include discharge from the penis, burning with urination, and testicular pain....more about Chlamydia »

Symptoms of Chlamydia

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Chlamydia includes the 16 symptoms listed below:

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Chlamydia-Disease Information: DSTD (Excerpt)

Chlamydia is known as a "silent" disease because three quarters of infected women and half of infected men have no symptoms. The infection is frequently not diagnosed or treated until complications develop.

In women, the bacteria initially attack the cervix (opening to the uterus) and the urethra (urine canal). The few women with symptoms might have an abnormal vaginal discharge or a burning sensation when urinating. When the infection spreads from the cervix to the fallopian tubes, some women still have no signs or symptoms; others have lower abdominal pain, low back pain, nausea, fever, pain during intercourse, and bleeding between menstrual periods. Whenever the infection spreads past the cervix into the upper reproductive system, permanent and irreversible damage can occur.

Men with signs or symptoms might have a discharge from the penis and a burning sensation when urinating. Men might also have burning and itching around the opening of the penis or pain and swelling in the testicles, or both. (Source: excerpt from Chlamydia-Disease Information: DSTD)

Sexually Transmitted Diseases Statistics, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID (Excerpt)

As many as 85 percent of women with chlamydial infections are asymptomatic; 40 percent of infected men report no symptoms. (Source: excerpt from Sexually Transmitted Diseases Statistics, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID)

Sexually Transmitted Diseases, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID (Excerpt)

In both men and women, chlamydial infection may cause an abnormal genital discharge and burning with urination. In women, untreated chlamydial infection may lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, one of the most common causes of ectopic pregnancy and infertility in women. Many people with chlamydial infection, however, have few or no symptoms of infection (Source: excerpt from Sexually Transmitted Diseases, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID)

Chlamydia: NWHIC (Excerpt)

Symptoms of chlamydia include abnormal genital discharge which appear within 1 to 3 weeks after exposure. However, half of infected women and 25 percent of infected men may have no symptoms whatsoever. Chlamydia in women can cause pelvic inflammatory disease and thus potential infertility, inflamed rectum (proctitis), and inflammation of the lining of the eye (conjunctivitis). Laboratory tests can confirm presence of chlamydial infection and distinguish it from gonorrhea, another common and often accompanying STD. (Source: excerpt from Chlamydia: NWHIC)

Chlamydia: NWHIC (Excerpt)

Men and women with chlamydial infections may experience abnormal genital discharge or pain during urination. These early symptoms may be absent or very mild, but if they occur, they will do so within 1 to 3 weeks of exposure. One of every two women and one of every four infected men may have no symptoms at all. As a result, the disease is often not diagnosed until complications develop. In addition to pelvic inflammatory disease (see above), chlamydia can cause an inflamed rectum and conjunctivitis (inflammation of the lining of the eye). The bacteria have also been found in the throat as a result of oral sexual contact with an infected partner. (Source: excerpt from Chlamydia: NWHIC)

Chlamydia as a Cause of Symptoms or Medical Conditions

When considering symptoms of Chlamydia, it is also important to consider Chlamydia as a possible cause of other medical conditions. The Disease Database lists the following medical conditions that Chlamydia may cause:

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Chlamydia: Onset and Incubation

Incubation period for Chlamydia: 1-3 weeks after exposure. Or 2 days to 2 weeks.

Incubation period for Chlamydia: If symptoms do occur, they usually appear within 1 to 3 weeks of exposure. (Source: excerpt from Chlamydia-Disease Information: DSTD)

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The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Chlamydia. This signs and symptoms information for Chlamydia has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Chlamydia signs or Chlamydia symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Chlamydia may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Chlamydia symptoms.


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