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Private Practice: Since 1980 to the present
Board-Certified: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fellowship: Infertility, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Chicago, IL
Residency: Ob/Gyn, Cook County Hospital, Chicago, IL and
Mt. Sinai Hospital, Chicago, IL
MD: University of Health Sciences Chicago Medical School
Instructor: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Christ Community Hospital,
MacNeal Memorial Hospital and Palos Community Hospital
Dr. Miller

Welcome to our health education library. The information shared below is provided to you as an educational and informational source only and is not intended to replace a medical examination or consultation, or medical advice given to you by a physician or medical professional.

ChlamydiaClamidia

Chlamydia

Regular medical checkups can detect chlamydia early, before it develops into PID.

Chlamydia infection is a very common STD. Because most people do not have symptoms, chlamydia may not be noticed until it causes severe problems. Left untreated, this STD can cause women and men to become sterile  (unable to ever have children).

To help prevent chlamydia, always use a latex condom during sex.
Symptoms

Many people with chlamydia have no symptoms.

If symptoms show up in women, they include:

  • Yellow discharge (fluid) from the vagina or anus

  • Bleeding between periods

  • Pain or burning during urination

If symptoms show up in men, they include:

  • Clear discharge (drip) from the penis or anus

  • Pain or burning during urination

Potential Problems

If the infection is not treated, it can develop into something much more serious. In women, this can be pelvic inflammatory disease  (PID). PID can make a woman sterile or cause an ectopic (tubal)  pregnancy, which cannot be carried to term. Symptoms of PID include fever or chills, painful sex, and abdominal pain.

Treatment

When found early, chlamydia can be treated and cured with antibiotic medications. Men who have chlamydia should tell their partner right away, because women are more likely to not have symptoms.

Prevention

To help prevent getting chlamydia, know your partner's medical history. If either of you has had sex with anyone else, protect yourself by using a latex condom whenever you have sex. If you are pregnant, take extra care. Untreated chlamydia in a pregnant woman can cause eye, ear, or lung problems in the baby.

Resources

CDC National STD Hotline: 800-227-8922

www.cdc.gov/nchstp/dstd

American Social Health Association www.ashastd.org

 

Date Last Reviewed: 2007-01-15T00:00:00-07:00

Date Last Modified: 2005-10-04T00:00:00-06:00

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