Chlamydia is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the UK. It's most common amongst both men and women under the age of 25, although roughly 50% of men and 75% of women show no symptoms. If left untreated, it can potentially cause health and fertility problems.
You can read more about the causes, treatment options and ways of prevention. You can also buy treatment for chlamydia after completing a free online consultation. Our service is completely discreet and treatment is delivered the next day when ordered before 4.30pm.
Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) and is currently the most common type of STI in the UK. It is most common amongst young men and women aged from 16 to 25. Chlamydia is spread via unprotected sex, including oral, vaginal and anal sex, and can also be spread by sharing sex toys.
Chlamydia can be considered to be dangerous, due to the fact that there aren't many noticeable symptoms for the condition, in fact, according to recent reports, 75% of women dealing with chlamydia don't experience any symptoms. This means that those who are infected may unwittingly spread the infection further through unprotected sex. However, this can be avoided by taking the necessary precautions through the use of barrier contraceptives such as condoms or femidoms. Effective antibiotic treatments are also available to help cure the condition if contracted.
Both you and your partner can experience a number of benefits by successfully treating chlamydia. These benefits include:
You can get a free chlamydia test at a sexual health clinic, your local GP surgery, or a genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic. The test kit will typically involve a swab, taken from the vagina or urethra. Doctors can also check for chlamydia by testing a urine sample.
If you or your partner thinks that you have any symptoms of chlamydia, then visit a doctor, or get a free, instant chlamydia test as soon as possible. If it is detected and diagnosed early, you can treat the infection straight away, reducing the risk of any further complications. Often, these complications are associated with long-term chlamydia and are much more difficult to treat.
Absolutely. With the right antibiotic treatment, and if you ensure you take the prescribed amount for the duration specified, it is unlikely you'll need to return to the clinic for further treatment. Antibiotic treatments for chlamydia have a 95% success rate.
Chlamydia is caused by a bacterium called chlamydia trachomatis.
If you are sexually active, you can catch chlamydia through unprotected sex, or if you have frequent sex with different partners.
The symptoms of chlamydia include a change in penile and vaginal discharge, but the signs of this STI are often not visible because chlamydia is usually asymptomatic. This is why it's essential to take regular STI tests if you are sexually active, as chlamydia isn't the only asymptomatic STI. Symptoms may differ slightly between men and women.
Women may experience:
However, other unrelated infections and diseases can also cause these non-specific symptoms, which is why it's important to get yourself tested, in order to specify that these symptoms are caused by chlamydia.
Men may experience:
Although chlamydia can easily be aided by treatment, it can stay unrecognised for months, if not years. Untreated chlamydia can cause pelvic inflammatory disease. Fallopian tubes may stop working properly and can eventually become blocked. When your fallopian tubes are blocked, you then become unable to conceive naturally.
Chlamydia can affect sperm production and decrease male fertility. It is the most common cause of inflammation in the testicles and sperm tubes for men under the age of 35. This can then cause pain, swelling and redness on your scrotum. These side effects of chlamydia are completely avoidable if chlamydia is effectively cured.
Chlamydia is a condition that can be easily treated. There are a number of touted natural herbal remedies for chlamydia; however, there is no definitive evidence to prove that they can effectively treat chlamydia. The only proven natural treatment options involve the preventative measures, such as those listed in the prevention section below. Therefore, prescription medication is the only clincially proven options available as proven in clinical studies to be extremely successful in treating chlamydia.
To treat chlamydia, Doxycycline tablets are recommended as first line treatment. One 100 mg tablet should be taken twice a day for seven days. For a second line treatment Azithromycin is prescribed with a single dose of 1 gram followed by a 500 mg dose once a day for two days. It's important to always take the full course of antibiotic treatment, even if your symptoms of chlamydia disappear before you finish the course to avoid any symptoms from returning.
Any individual who is sexually active can potentially catch chlamydia. However, it is completely preventable, and can be successfully prevented using a number of the methods listed below:
If you have tested positive for chlamydia and need to buy medication, take an online consultation to determine which prescription treatment is right for you to purchase. After you have completed an online consultation, one of our doctors will assess your condition and recommend which treatments are best suited for you. Once you've selected your medication, a prescription will be forwarded to our pharmacy and dispatched for free next day delivery. If you have any questions regarding this treatment or would like to know more about how we work, you can contact our Patient Support Team anytime.
One of the most common STIs in the UK, largely because many people don't know they have it, is chlamydia. It can lead to complications, which is why timely treatment is recommended.