Is it true that most girls don’t have symptoms of chlamydia?

female gender symbolYes. Around 90% percent of women and 70% of men with chlamydia have no symptoms. If they do have symptoms, the symptoms usually start anywhere from 1-3 weeks after becoming infected.

Symptoms of chlamydia can include:

  • Bleeding between menstrual periods
  • Vaginal bleeding after intercourse
  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Fever
  • A burning feeling when urinating
  • The need to urinate more than usual
  • A new or different discharge from the vagina
  • Pain, itching, bleeding, and/or mucus discharge of the rectum (for chlamydia in the anus)
  • Redness, itching, and/or discharges of the eyes (for chlamydia in the eyes)

If you think you have chlamydia:

  1. The first thing you should do is stop having sexual intercourse.
  2. Get tested and treated.
  3. If you’re told you have chlamydia, make sure you tell all current and past sexual partners. You may find this hard to do, but it’s very important so that those infected can get treated before more serious health problems occur.
  4. Don’t have sex until you have finished treatment and your health care provider tells you that you’re cured.
  5. Make sure you use a condom every time you have vaginal, anal, and oral sex.