Chlamydia can compromise fertility if left untreated.
Much more common than we think, the chlamydia that is caused by the Chlamydia trachomatis virus . This venereal disease affects fertility much more than can be expected. So, the sooner you find out about it and start treatment, the better. One of the main STDs, Chlamydia has a factor that makes it one of the most dangerous of sexual diseases. It is silent and most often does not manifest itself clearly with specific symptoms such as HPV, syphilis and others.
Chlamydia is an infectious disease and affects the genitals aggressively, including the uterus, which is the main organ of fertility. In the female organism, when chlamydia affects the uterus, it can form a collection of fluids caused by the infection. This liquid spreads through the tubes, cervix and can directly interfere with a woman’s fertility. How? The tubes with liquid collection caused by chlamydia suffer from hydrosalpinx . This, which can hinder the permanence of the egg and also the passage of sperm after sexual intercourse. The hydrosalpinx mostly cases cause infertility and if left untreated, can leave women infertile as a serious complication of the infection.
In addition to the fallopian tubes, the fluid accumulated in the bottom of the uterus can also cause problems for pregnancy to happen. Even if chlamydia did not reach the tubes, if there is an accumulation of this infectious secretion at the site where the implantation takes place , the zygote may not survive the acidic PH and may not develop. Chlamydia causes, in several cases, a pelvic infection that in pregnancy, may cause miscarriage or premature birth. Therefore, the most correct medical recommendation is treatment even if it takes time. The doctor may also choose to clear the liquid-filled tubes in addition to conventional chlamydia treatment.
However, chlamydia does not only affect women. It can also cause problems in the male body. As in women, it causes infection and can reach the prostate and venous ducts that lead the sperm to ejaculate. When you reach this stage, some simple activities for men, such as urinating, will become painful. The impact on fertility is not as evident as for women, but it may affect sexual potency due to damage to the prostate.
What are the symptoms and treatments for chlamydia?
In women, symptoms can be masked by several other disease possibilities. Chlamydia symptoms are similar to those of others, so the diagnosis may come late. Among the most recurrent symptoms in women are:
- Pain when urinating
- Pain and burning in intercourse
- Discharge with a strong odor or similar to greenish chlorine
- Escape bleeds after intercourse
- Rectal pain
- Abdominal pain
For men, diagnosis is more difficult because of their resistance to doctors and tests. Usually chlamydia in men manifests itself in the form of pain in the testicles and swelling, penile discharge smelly and abdominal pain. For both men and women, the diagnosis comes through specific tests for chlamydia. In addition to Pope Nicholas or cytology for women, chlamydia is also detected in urine tests. For men with penile discharge, an analysis of the secreted mucus can also be performed to investigate the presence of the agent that causes chlamydia.
The percentage of people with suspected chlamydia has increased recently. About 70% of the suspicions are confirmed and 55% of the cases are of men and women around 25 to 35 years of age with an active sex life. The best form of prevention for chlamydia is the use of condoms, but there is treatment. It is important to say that the disease relapse is possible , since the body does not produce antibodies against the disease. It is possible for a single person to have peak episodes of the disease several times in their lifetime.
In fertility the treatment can have an effect, but everything will depend on the degree of the disease and also on the affected organs. The use of antibiotics is the main way to treat chlamydia and also for women who want to get pregnant. For pregnant women with chlamydia the use of antibiotics is also advisable to prevent the disease from being transmitted from mother to child at the time of delivery or intrauterine. It is important to say that chlamydia is curable . It all depends on the treatment and whether it is taken to the letter. It is not impossible for a woman with chlamydia to become pregnant, nor for a man with chlamydia to conceive his partner. However, the treatment should happen as soon as detected to facilitate when the desire to generate a baby knocks on the door.
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.