Chlamydia - Symptoms of chlamydia
NHS Choices Medical Reference
Chlamydia often goes unnoticed due to the lack of noticeable symptoms. Because of this, many cases of chlamydia remain undiagnosed.
In women, genital chlamydia does not always cause symptoms. Signs and symptoms can appear 1-3 weeks after coming in contact with chlamydia, many months later or not until the infection has spread to other parts of your body.
Some women may notice:
If left untreated the chlamydial infection can spread to the womb, and cause Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). PID is a major cause of infertility, ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage.
Symptoms of genital chlamydia are more common in men than in women. Signs and symptoms can appear 1-3 weeks after coming in contact with chlamydia, many months later or not until the infection has spread to other parts of your body.
Some men may notice:
- a white, cloudy or watery discharge from the tip of the penis,
- pain when passing urine, or
- pain in the tesiticles.
Some men experience mild symptoms that disappear after two or three days. However, after the discomfort disappears, you may still have the chlamydia infection. This means that you can pass it on to a sexual partner and you are at risk of complications such as inflamed and swollen testicles, reactive arthritis and infertility.
Men and women
Very rarely the chlamydia infection may affect areas other than the genitals in both men and women, such as the rectum, eyes or throat.
If the infection is in the rectum it can cause some discomfort and discharge. In the eyes it can cause pain, swelling, irritation and discharge (conjunctivitis). Infection in the throat is very rare and does not usually cause any symptoms.