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Chlamydia And Pregnancy: The Essential Information

Chlamydia can have serious consequences for your health and that of your child. Read here for the essential information that ALL mothers-to-be should know. Chlamydia is sexually transmitted infected. Most people who are infected by chlamydia have no symptoms. When symptoms develop due to Chlamydia it takes few weeks to occur.

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If you are a woman who is pregnant or wishing to become pregnant, an untreated chlamydia infection may have very serious consequences for your health and that of your child. So be aware from such type of virus and protect yourself from this virus. This will be good for your health and also good for the health of your child. Because being a mother, your child is everything for you and you will pay greater attention to your child if you are perfect.

Chlamydia affects hundreds of thousands of people in the UK each year. It is normally very treatable, but has the potential to do great harm. Yet, since symptoms often go entirely unnoticed, many of us do not even know that we have it – or that we are passing it on to those who we sleep with and care about. In fact, you may have had the infection for years and be completely unaware of how it could be affecting you and your family's health. So keep knowledge about such type of virus. That will be good to you and also for you loving ones.

How many people in the UK have chlamydia?

According to this Infection Report from Public Health England in 2016, there were over 1.5 million chlamydia tests carried out in 2015 and over 200,000 subsequent diagnoses of the infection. That’s quite a big amount. This is also an alarming situation because the number of people infected by such virus may increase in 2016. 62% of diagnosed heterosexuals were between 15 and 24 years of age. But this is only the roughly figure we have. Of course, these figures only describe the diagnosed, and do not speak to the thousands who have never sought out testing, even though it's a quick and simple process, requiring a urine or swab test.

How do you catch chlamydia?

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection, most commonly spread through having unprotected sex. For this reason, people with an active sex life and multiple partners make up the majority of new cases. But since the infection is carried in the genital fluids, you don't actually have to have unprotected vaginal or anal sex to pass it on; you can also become infected through oral sex, by touching genitals, by sharing unsterilized toys, or by genital fluid getting in your eye. So, protect yourself because prevention is a lot better than cure.

What are the symptoms?

There are a number of noticeable symptoms that are associated with a chlamydia infection. These include: a painful or irritating sensation when urinating; discharge from the vagina or rectum; heavy period bleeding or bleeding after sex; pelvic pain; or red and itchy eyes (conjunctivitis). This problem is more common in women rather than men. Women experience such type of problem. But now-a-days, it has also been found in men. During sex, both men and women are involved so the chance of getting this problem arises in men also if and only if he doesn’t pay attention to the above prescribed method. Men may experience swelling or tenderness of the testicles, and discharge from the penis. Swelling penis, may experience a lot of pain during ejection of urine. Change in the colour of urine. The foul smelling of urine is also the symptom of this infection. The duration of the symptoms vary.

Any symptoms that do appear may quickly subside, or alternatively they may suddenly appear months or longer after the initial infection. However, in most cases there are no symptoms at all.

How does chlamydia affect pregnancy?

This infection is very much dangerous for women. An untreated infection can cause a number of serious problems for women, especially if it spreads to the reproductive organs, where it can cause pelvic inflammatory disease. This can cause infertility, or can cause you to have an ectopic pregnancy. Chlamydia may also cause miscarriage, premature birth or your waters to break early (preterm pre-labour rupture of the membranes). This is not just an infection. You have to pay full attention towards yourself if you are affected by this disease.

Can the infection be passed on to your child?

Chlamydia can be transmitted to your baby during childbirth, and may cause your new born to have conjunctivitis or pneumonia. If your baby develops pneumonia, you will likely notice cold or flu-like symptoms that worsen and turn into a fever, wheezing and repetitive coughing. This is treatable with antibiotics, but you must consult your GP immediately. That quite alarming situation. Get yourself treated before it gets transmitted from you to your child. For parents, their children are everything for them. so, you have to be serious in this issue.

How do you treat chlamydia?

The first step to getting treated is getting diagnosed. If you think you may have chlamydia, you can see your GP or visit a sexual health clinic to receive a consultation and have your test. Once you have been diagnosed with the infection, you can treat it with antibiotics – either azithromycin or doxycycline, which can be bought online. In most cases these same antibiotics are suitable if you are pregnant, just as they are if you are breastfeeding, although they should only be taken on the advice of your doctor.

Recommendations

“Prevention is better than cure” but unfortunately, if you are affected then you have to concern a doctor. Importantly, you should be tested for chlamydia during your first trimester, with a follow-up test one month after any treatment also recommended to make sure that the infection has not returned. You have to go to the doctor if any of the above symptom is seen or felt by you. Doesn’t hesitate to tell any kind of problem to the doctor. If you do test positive for chlamydia, your partner should be tested as well and/or you should contact your most recent sexual partners to inform them of your infection. Be sure to practice safe sex or avoid having sex altogether during the period of your treatment. This will be as good to you as to wife. Even if you are not pregnant, if you are sexually active you should be regularly tested.

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