Chlamydia: The Silent Infection

Chlamydia is akin to gonorrhea, which results in inflammation of the urethra in the case of women sufferers, or at the tip of the penis, in the case of men sufferers. Symptoms include a whitish discharge. The discharge can also be clear, in the case of women. 

The symptoms of  Chlamydia are caused by Trichomonas vaginalis, resulting in the milder inflammation of the urethra compared with the more severe inflammation suffered by men infected with gonorrhea where the infected area may have some bumps resembling heat rashes. In men, too, symptoms include not only an inflamed penis but also swelling and pain in the testicles.

Though this condition does not result in any kind of external scarring, the swelling which can happen in both sexes can damage the internal reproductive organs and can lead to sterility. Symptoms are restricted to swelling and redness in the affected area of the urethra and the tip of the penis, making it difficult to determine whether a person is suffering from the condition called Chlamydia. In the case of gonorrhea, the person will have rashes or what look like pimples on the penis, which can be reddish and swollen.

Since this condition is more limited to the internal reproductive organs, a pregnant woman suffering from Chlamydia is likely to infect the baby. During childbirth, the baby may be exposed to the virus as it passes through the birth canal. The newborn is likely to have serious eye complications or may have pneumonia and other respiratory problems.

If a woman has had anal sex, she may also have pain or bleeding in the rectum as well. Symptoms can extend to the eyes, if the woman had oral sex. Her eyelids may get swollen or droopy; the condition sometimes leads to blindness.

The symptoms of Chlamydia are mainly redness and swelling of the reproductive organs, which secrete and discharge a whitish substance which is fungal matter, and extreme sensitivity of the vulva area. The afflicted woman will also experience difficulty in passing urine, and pain during sexual intercourse.

Both Chlamydia and its cousin gonorrhea being sexually transmitted diseases, it is advised that safe sex be practiced. That means no anal sex and oral sex to prevent spreading the disease.