What Does Chlamydia Look Like

What does chlamydia look like? How can you know if you have chlamydia or not? Unfortunately, chlamydia is a tough STD to pin down without a chlamydia test. Doctors estimate that up to 75 percent of women who contract chlamydia will not show symptoms until serious damage has been done to the reproductive system. However, if you do exhibit symptoms, you will be able to identify them as follows:

Vaginal Discharge
You may experience an increase in vaginal discharge. It will be milky white, off white or yellow and thicker than normal. The source and cause of this discharge is your infected cervix, so essentially you are seeing your body's efforts to fight the infection by sending plenty of white blood cells to fight the infection. The result is the discharge.

Inflamed Cervix
If you were to take a speculum and open your vagina and look up at your cervix, you might see an inflamed, red, swollen cervix. You may have felt the effects of your infected cervix already through pelvic discomfort and pain upon engaging in sexual intercourse. Most likely you will not see these symptoms, but your doctor might upon an obstetrical visit.

Inflammation of Your Eyes
If you touched your eyes and spread the infection there, you may also have slightly red, slightly swollen eyes with a bit of yellow discharge. This simply means the infection has spread to your eyes.

Spotting
You may notice some irregularities with your menstrual cycle, including spotting. This is again the result of the infected cervix.

If you notice any of these signs, you'll want to get to your doctor right away for a chlamydia test. Chlamydia is a very common STD; every year, approximately 4 million people are diagnosed with this disease. Effective treatment is available, so don't delay, hoping it will get better on its own. It won't get better and you may suffer serious reproductive consequences as a result of waiting.

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