Chlamydia is a very contagious sexually transmitted infection. According to recent statistics, one in twelve young adults will contract chlamydia at some point in their lives. In most cases, chlamydia shows no symptoms. This is why it is so easy for people to pass it to each other. If there are no symptoms, there is no reason to get tested. Some people will develop symptoms of the disease. They include:
• Cloudy urine
• Painful urination
• Unusual discharge from the vagina or penis
How To Avoid Chlamydia
If chlamydia is left untreated, it can result in serious problems for both men and women. Women can develop a pelvic inflammatory disease, which can make it difficult or impossible for a woman to get pregnant. If a pregnant woman has chlamydia, the disease can be passed to the baby, causing pneumonia or blindness. If a man has chlamydia and it goes untreated, he can develop painful, swollen testicles. Based on the seriousness of the condition, the best thing that you can do is to keep from getting it at all. There are a few simple ways to keep from getting the disease.
#1 Always Use a Condom When Having Sex
Your best defense against chlamydia and other sexually transmitted infections is a condom. Most people know that a condom can protect you if you are having vaginal sex. Many people don’t know that you can also contract the disease through anal sex, therefore, a condom should be used if you are having anal sex.
#2 Use a Condom During Oral Sex
Chlamydia can also be passed during oral sex. It is important that if a couple is having oral sex that the penis is covered with a condom.
#3 Use a Dam
During oral sex, the woman should cover her genitals with a dam. This is a thin, soft piece of latex or plastic that protects the vagina.
#4 Don’t Share Sex Toys
If you and your partner are using sex toys, you shouldn’t share them. If you do, you should wash the toys thoroughly before another person uses them. You can also cover the sex toy with a condom before giving the toy to your partner.
#5 Get Tested
If you recently entered into a monogamous relationship, it is a good idea for you and your partner to be tested. This will allow you to have sex without the fear that you or your partner contracted chlamydia or another sexually transmitted infection from a previous partner. When you both get a clean bill of health, you can safely have unprotected sex. If either of you gets tested and the tests come back positive, you should refrain from having sex until the infected person has completed the full course of their treatment.
Your best protection against chlamydia and other sexually transmitted diseases is to take the necessary steps to prevent such infections. If you suspect that you have chlamydia, you should be tested as soon as possible. If you are uncomfortable seeing your primary care physician or going to a clinic to be tested, there are home kits available that are just as accurate.