If you were treated for chlamydia two years ago and are trying to have a baby is there anything special you should do?

(Last Updated: Aug 12, 2009)

Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the world and is known to affect almost 3 million individuals in the United States of America every year. While both sexes can be equally affected by the condition, around 75% of all female sufferers and 50% of all male sufferers will experience no symptoms at all. The condition is curable as it is caused by bacteria known as Chlamydia trachomatis. The problem with Chlamydia for expecting mothers or women that want to have children, is the fact that the illness can be passed on to a newborn. While the symptoms are not always present, some of the most noticeable symptoms include an abnormal discharge such as mucus or pus from the vagina or penis during urination. The symptoms would normally appear between one or three weeks after the individual has been infected and may also travel within the body if not treated. The condition may also affect the throat if any oral sexual contact was made with an infected partner. Some other symptoms of the condition include pain during intercourse, bleeding in between menstrual cycles or after intercourse or even a distinct lower abdominal pain.

If an infected pregnant woman were to give vaginal birth to a newborn, some serious complications may arise. This is mainly because during the course of the delivery, the baby comes in contact with the mother’s genital secretions which may result in the baby developing an eye infection like conjunctivitis or lung infections such as pneumonia. Because of these very serious complications to a child, it is highly recommended that you get yourself tested for the condition while planning your pregnancy. On other occasions, when intercourse is not performed for the purpose of impregnation, always make it a point to consistently use condoms while also making sure that it has been worn before any genital contact has been made. If the condition is left untreated, the infection may spread into the pelvic area and infect the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes, while it may also be the primary cause in the development of infertility. It is also important to remember that even if the Chlamydia bacteria has been killed, any yeast overgrowth may make you highly susceptible to contracting HIV and other serious conditions. A chronic form of yeast overgrowth may lead to yeast syndrome which can affect the entire body as well as debilitating almost every major organ within and requires a long term treatment to aid recovery.

answered by M W

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