Risks and Complications of Chlamydia

There are serious risks from chlamydia if not properly treated. If the chlamydia bacteria is not detected right away and is left untreated, this may lead to complications especially in the reproductive system for both men and women.

chlamydia risksMost women who are untreated of chlamydia acquire a disease called Pelvic Inflammatory Disease or PID. This is an infection that affects the uterus, ovaries, cervix and the fallopian tubes which may cause long-term pelvic pain, infertility, or ectopic pregnancies. Based on research, there are about a hundred thousand women who become infertile every year because of PID. The main reason is not because women do not treat themselves for the disease but rather because PID does not show symptoms at all. Therefore, it is really important to get yourself tested. Another effect of untreated chlamydia is the inflammation of the urinary bladder or mostly known as cystitis. Also, if a pregnant woman is positive for the chlamydia infection and is left untreated, the infection is passed on to the child during delivery which can lead to the baby having pneumonia or a serious eye infection.

For men with untreated chlamydia, the infection can lead to spreading infection to other parts of the penis and testicles which will cause pain and inflammation. The infection may also reach the prostate gland and cause pain during or after sex, fever, pain when urinating, or back pains. In other cases, the infection can also spread to the epididymis causing scrotal pain, swelling, fever, or infertility.

Men and women who have chlamydia are also at higher risk of getting a reactive arthritis infection or also called the Reiter’s syndrome which affects the eyes, urethra, and the joints. And lastly, there is a higher risk of obtaining other sexually transmitted infections such as gonorrhea and HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) – the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome).

Luckily chlamydia is easily treated, check out the page on Chlamydia Treatments.