CHLAMYDIA   One of the most common STD’s of recent times, it worryingly does not actually have symptoms a lot of the time. However, the following are all possible signs you could have the infection:

Pain when peeing
Pain during sexual intercourse
Irregular bleeding including between periods
A change in vaginal discharge

Because of the fact that most people don’t have symptoms at all it can sometimes be referred to as ‘the silent disease . This is also a key reason to make sure that you get tested at a GUM clinic.

The cause of this STD is bacteria known as Chlamydia Trachomatis. Because of the fact the symptoms can be quite hard to spot and also because 10% of sexually active people now have this disease, please get checked if you are worried. It is passed on through vaginal, anal or oral sex so please make sure your partner wears a condom to protect both of you, whichever type of sex you are having.

You can get a test done free at any STD testing centre or your doctor’s surgery, or you can buy a kit yourself either from a chemists or over the internet if you would prefer. It generally involves just giving a urine sample but in some cases a sample will be taken from your cervix. The results come back in about a week.

It is easily treatable by simple antibiotics (you will need to go to a GUM clinic or your doctors you get these). You will most likely only need a short course, especially if you catch it early, but remember that drinking can stop antibiotics working so it is best to steer clear of the alcohol to make sure that it works and you won’t need more treatment. It is important that you take the antibiotics properly as Chlamydia can cause infertility or all sorts of problems to do with a future pregnancy.

Another thing to know about this particular STD is that it can be spread to your eyes if you touch them directly after your genitals without washing your hands in between. It is important to note that this STI can also be passed from mother to baby when giving birth so please make sure you get checked out if you are trying for a baby.

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