Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection (STI or STD) that has hit widespread levels, especially among younger women.  It is the most common STI in RI, with over 4000 cases in 2014.  Women are more than twice as likely to have chlamydia than men and the vast majority of cases occur in women between the ages of 15 and 29.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, an untreated chlamydia infection can have severe health risks for women, including pelvic inflammatory disease and future infertility.

SymptomsTesting for Chlamydia

One of the reasons chlamydia is so widespread is that it frequently has no clear symptoms.  This is especially true in women, who have no symptoms at all in up to 75% of cases.  When symptoms in women do occur, they include:

  • Unusual vaginal discharge (may have an odor)
  • Bleeding or spotting between menstrual periods
  • Painful periods
  • Pain during urination
  • Abdominal pain with a fever
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Itching or burning in or around the vagina

Chlamydia and Abortion

If you are planning an abortion, knowing if you have chlamydia is critical before having the procedure because if you have an abortion with an active chlamydia infection you are far more likely to develop serious complications like pelvic inflammatory disease which can lead to future infertility or ectopic pregnancy.

How do I know if I have chlamydia?

The only real way to know if you have an infection is to get tested.  At Harmony, we take a urine sample at the time of your pregnancy test.

Treatment

Because Chlamydia is a bacterial infection, it is treatable with antibiotics.  The medications are usually given in a single dose.  Women should be retested to make sure there is no more infection.  Your partner should be tested and treated as well.

Does Harmony test and treat for chlamydia?

Yes.  When you have a positive pregnancy test, we may offer an STI (sexually transmitted infection or STD) test as well.  If the results of the test are positive for either chlamydia or gonorrhea, we offer treatment at no charge.

To request an appointment, call us at 401-941-4357 (HELP) or click HERE.

 

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