Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that is passed from one human being to another through unprotected sex.
The majority of people who may have Chlamydia do not notice any symptoms.
Symptoms may include:
- Pain whilst urinating
- Discharge from the vagina, penis or anus
- Bleeding between periods for women
- Swelling of the testicles for men
Chlamydia symptoms can be overlooked often because people can actually suffer from chlamydia and have no symptoms at all.
It is important to get checked if:
- Engaging in a new sexual relationship
- After unprotected sex
- You have several sexual partners
Chlamydia Symptoms in men and women include:
- Pain when passing urine
- Unusual discharge from the penis or vagina
Symptoms for chlamydia differ in men and women. Learn more about chlamydia symptoms for each gender:
Chlamydia is often referred to as the “symptomless STI” because up to 50% of men and 70% of women who have chlamydia are asymptomatic. This means they do not experience any chlamydia symptoms at all even though they are infected.
Those who do show symptoms, the symptoms usually appear between one and three weeks after unprotected sex with an infected person.
Chlamydia Symptoms in the Rectum, Mouth, Throat or Eyes
Chlamydia symptoms can appear in the:
- Rectum - (referred to as anus or back passage) as a result of unprotected anal sex. Rectal symptoms can cause pain, discomfort and unusual discharge from your anus. It is more common with men who have sex with other men (MSM) but can occur in heterosexual relationships too.
- Eyes - if your eyes come into contact with infected semen or vaginal fluid on accident. If you rub your eyes after touching infected semen or vaginal fluid. It can cause red eyes, pain, discharge and symptoms of an eye infection (conjunctivitis).
- Throat - if you or your partner have unprotected oral sex you may notice symptoms of a sore throat. It can also include fever, coughing and swollen lymph nodes.
- Mouth - chlamydia cannot be spread through kissing. It can be spread via infected semen or vaginal fluids coming in contact with the mouth.
How to treat Chlamydia?
Chlamydia is treated with a course of antibiotics. Please visit our chlamydia treatment page for available treatments.
How do you treat Rectal Chlamydia?
Rectal chlamydia can be treated with azithromycin antibiotic tablets. However doxycycline capsules are chlamydia antibiotics that are also preferred by some.
Read more about doxycycline use in rectal chlamydia in a meta-analysis published in the BMJ (British Medical Journal).
How do you treat Chlamydia in the eye?
Chlamydia in the eye or conjunctivitis can be treated with antibiotic pills. Either azithromycin tablets or doxycycline capsules can be used.
Eyedrops or ointment can be used to kill the chlamydia infection in the eye. All sexual partners must be notified and treated.
How do you treat Chlamydia in the mouth?
Chlamydia in the mouth or throat can be treated with chlamydia antibiotics. Azithromycin tablets, erythromycin tablets or doxycycline capsules are all effective chlamydia symptoms treatment.
How to prevent Chlamydia?
Chlamydia is spread through sexual contact. This can be through vaginal, anal, or oral sex. The best way to prevent chlamydia is to use a condom when having sex and not to share sex toys without washing them.
You can prevent chlamydia infection by testing for STDs when you change partners. Even in monogamous relationships it is advised to get tested once a year.
If you find out that you have tested positive for chlamydia, don’t worry as chlamydia is easily treated. Avoid embarrassment if you buy chlamydia antibiotics online from a regulated online pharmacy. Your details are kept confidential and services are private and discreet.
It is sensible to talk to your past and current sexual partners, so they can get treated too if necessary. We understand that telling sexual partners you are infected isn’t the easiest thing to do. It is reassuring to know that chlamydia is treatable and very common infection, so you should let your partner know that chlamydia is curable. A single dose of azithromycin antibiotic tablets is all you need to take, which they can order online from a UK regulated pharmacy.
Practising safe sex is the best way to avoid chlamydia and getting tested annually for any sexually transmitted diseases. If you change sexual partners frequently you may want to get tested more often.
So whether you have symptoms of chlamydia or not, it is worth getting tested for any sexual infection.
How long do Chlamydia symptoms last after treatment?
Symptoms after chlamydia treatment usually disappear within 7 days of taking antibiotics. If Chlamydia symptoms do not go away after 7 days then it is best to speak to a doctor. You may need further advice about STD/STI testing and possibly alternative treatment. In 98% of cases chlamydia symptoms go away completely after 7 days.