Symptoms of Chlamydia

What are the symptoms of Chlamydia?

Most people who have chlamydia don’t show any signs or symptoms.

Symptoms may show in just around 25% of women and 50% of men infected, and these can appear one to three weeks after having unprotected sex with an infected partner. It is for this reason that that chlamydia is often referred to as the 'silent epidemic' and this is why it's essential that you get screened for chlamydia each time you have a new sexual partner or once a year.

Symptoms of Chlamydia in Women

The common symptoms of chlamydia in women include:

  • Pain in the lower abdomen.
  • Increased vaginal discharge.
  • Pain during sex.
  • Bleeding between periods or after sex.

Symptoms of Chlamydia in Men

The common symptoms of chlamydia in men include:

  • Discharge from the penis.
  • Pain/burning sensation when you go for a pee.
  • Painful swelling of the testicles if left untreated.

Symptoms of a Chlamydia Infection in the Eyes, Throat and Rectum

While less common, Chlamydia can also infect the rectum, eyes or throat if you have unprotected anal or oral sex...

  • Chlamydia infecting the rectum can cause discomfort, pain, bleeding or discharge.
  • Oral Chlamydia or Chlamydia infecting the throat is less common and usually causes no symptoms.
  • Chlamydia infecting the eyes can cause irritation, pain, swelling and discharge similar to conjunctivitis.


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