In both men and women, it is not uncommon for both with chlamydia infection not to have symptom, and that may pose high risk of unknowingly infecting a partner. As a sexually transmitted infection, chlamydia is transmitted from one to another during intimate sexual contact. Although, it is very uncommon that chlamydia infections affect parts of the body other than the reproductive organ in men and women, particularly rectum, eyes and throat it cannot be denied that it greatly contribute a high degree of discomforts and easiness, especially if the rectum and eyes are infected. Fortunately for one, if the throat is infected, it does not show any symptoms.
In both sexes, men and/or women can be infected by chlamydia through unguarded vaginal sex, unguarded anal sex, unguarded oral sex, genital interaction with a unknowing infected partner, or through the sharing of sex toys. Eyes can have conjunctivitis if infected sperm or vaginal liquid comes in contact with the eyes, although it’s not very clear if infection can be extended by transmitting infected sperm or vaginal liquid on the fingers or just by chafing female genitals.
Because chlamydia is very a communicable infection, a unknowing mother with chlamydia can passed the disease to her children during childbirth. The infection will often progress after birth which can result in problems like inflammations and discharges in the child’s eyes and even pneumonia.
Due to its unnoticeable symptom characteristics, many chlamydia infections remain undiagnosed until signs and symptoms appears 1-3 weeks after coming in contact with chlamydia and often until it spread to other parts of the body.
In women, some noticeable symptoms of genital chlamydia are the cystitis or pain when urinating, changes in vaginal discharges, pain in the lower part of the abdomen, bleeding and/or pain during sexual intercourse, noticeable bleeding after sex and bleeding in between monthly periods. If left untreated, this may cause infertility, ectopic pregnancies and miscarriage in women.
In men, genital chlamydia symptoms and signs are more common than women. Some men may notice a white, watery or cloudy discharge at the top of the penis, pain in the testicles and or a sharp pain when urinating. Significantly, some mild symptoms and discomforts in men will disappear within two to three days, but it does not necessarily follow that the infection also disappears. This means that you can pass it to your sexual partner unknowingly, and you will be at higher risk of complications such as inflammation and swelling of the testicles, reactivate arthritis and finally infertility.