Chlamydia is one of the most common STIs in Europe, and the rate of infection is increasing every year. It most commonly occurs in younger men and women between the ages of 16 and 25. For women, the STI is particularly dangerous because 75% of those infected do not experience any chlamydia symptoms. This is also the case for 50% of men who contract the infection.
This sexually transmitted infection is very dangerous because it can lead to very serious health problems if it is not treated, particularly to your sexual organs. The good news is that there are chlamydia treatments available right here at euroClinix
What causes this infection?
The bacterium that causes this infection is called chlamydia trachomatis. This bacterium lives inside the vagina or the penis, and can be found in male semen and female vaginal fluids of infected individuals. It can be spread through unprotected vaginal, oral or anal sex. You are also at risk if you share sex toys with an infected individual. You have a higher chance of contracting this STI if you engage in unprotected sex or have multiple sexual partners.
What chlamydia symptoms are there?
Chlamydia symptoms are not visible in the majority of cases, which is why it is important to get tested if you have had unprotected sex. However, there are some chlamydia symptoms that you can watch out for.
Men could experience penile discharge and a mild irritation on the head of the penis, while women with the infection can experience cystitis, changes in vaginal discharge and pain in the lower abdomen. These symptoms can also be caused by other conditions, so it is important to get tested if they occur.
What happens if it is not treated?
Untreated chlamydia can lead to long-term fertility problems for both men and women. For women, a common complication is inflammation of the ovaries, uterus and Fallopian tubes, known as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). This can lead to infertility and scarring, and can make you more susceptible to other infections.
Untreated chlamydia in men can cause the sperm production to decrease, and you may also experience inflammation of the sperm tubes and testicles, in addition to swelling, redness and pain on the scrotum.
What chlamydia treatments are available?
The most commonly prescribed penile/vaginal chlamydia treatment is Azithromycin, which is taken in a five day treatment course, with 500mg taken in a single dose on day one and one 250mg dose taken daily for four days to successfully treat the infection. However, in the case of ano-rectal chlamydia, Doxycycline is prescribed as a more suitable treatment option. In the case of both types of the infection, both medications should be taken simultaneously.
Can I buy chlamydia treatments online?
Yes, the two chlamydia treatments - Doxycycline and Azithromycin - are available to buy online at euroClinix. After you have completed your free online consultation, a doctor will review the information and decide whether the treatment you have selected is safe for you. If it is, you will be issued a prescription which will be dispensed by our registered pharmacy. Your medication will be sent to you via free overnight delivery so you can start your course of chlamydia treatment as soon as possible.