Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the UK. It is a bacterial infection passed on through unprotected sex that, if left untreated, can cause issues with fertility. Chlamydia can usually treated with a short course of antibiotics.

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What is Chlamydia and what causes it?

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Chlamydia is a very common sexually transmitted Infection (STI). The infection is most common amongst those under the age of 25, although it can be contracted at any age. Chlamydia is caused by bacteria called Chlamydia Trachomatis and can be passed from one person to another through the sexual fluids produced by the penis and vagina. This means it’s possible for the infection to be transmitted without penetration or ejaculation. Chlamydia can be contracted in a variety of ways, including:

  • Unprotected sex (this can be vaginal, anal or oral)
  • Sharing sex toys that haven’t been washed between users
  • Your genitals coming into contact with another person’s genitals

Chlamydia isn’t something that can be caught through casual contact, such as holding hands or kissing, nor can it be transmitted by sharing household items like, towels, baths or cutlery.

What are the symptoms of Chlamydia?

The majority of people with chlamydia don’t experience any symptoms at all. It is estimated that around 70% of women and around 50% of men don’t notice any symptoms. When noticeable symptoms do develop, they will usually occur between one and three weeks after having unprotected sex with an infected person. The symptoms differ for women and men, the most common being listed below:

Chlamydia Symptoms In Women:

  • Pain during sex
  • Bleeding during and/or after sex
  • Pain when urinating
  • Bleeding between periods and heavier periods than normal
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • A noticeable change in any vaginal discharge

Chlamydia Symptoms In Men:

  • An abnormal discharge from the tip of the penis.
  • Pain when urinating
  • Pain in the testicles

How is Chlamydia diagnosed?

Whether you are experiencing the symptoms or not, the only way to know for sure is to get tested. Fortunately, the available methods of testing are all quick and painless. You can purchase a home chlamydia test from The Independent Pharmacy to allow you to get an accurate, reliable test in the privacy of your own home.

Your GP or nurse are able to provide you with a free chlamydia test. For most people, a test is carried out using a simple urine sample. This sample is then sent away for analysis. Another test will use a swab to collect a sample of contaminated cells. This involves gently wiping the swab over the area suspected to be infected with chlamydia. The swab will then be sent away for analysis.

If you have tested positive for chlamydia it is important that your sexual partners are also treated at the same time to avoid re-infection. If you have had unprotected sex with someone who has tested positive for chlamydia it is not necessary to get a test if you do not wish to do so. If you have been positively tested for chlamydia or have had unprotected sex with a partner who has, you can buy Chlamydia treatment directly from our Online Pharmacy.

For sexually active adults under the age of 25, it is recommended to get tested every year or every time you have a new sexual partner. The National Chlamydia Screening Programme can offer testing in an array of places close and convenient to you or you can purchase a home chlamydia test from our Online Pharmacy.

If you test positive for chlamydia, it is advised that you contact any sexual partners you’ve had within the past six months. This will ensure they can be checked and receive treatment if necessary. Sexual health clinics are available and willing to contact these partners on your behalf if you wish. Everything is handled confidentially and your name will not appear on any of the correspondence.

Men who don’t get treated risk several complications, including; swollen testicles (orchitis), reactive arthritis, and infertility. Likewise, women who go without treatment run the risk of infection spreading to the uterus and fallopian tubes, resulting in pelvic inflammatory disease and even infertility.

The recommended criteria for getting tested for chlamydia include the following:

  • You or your partner are suffering from any of the symptoms of chlamydia
  • You’ve had unprotected sex with a new partner or a condom has split during protected sex
  • You or your partner have had unprotected sex with others
  • You or your partner suspect having a sexual transmitted disease (STI)
  • (For women) during a vaginal examination, if your GP or nurse notices any inflammation or vaginal discharge
  • You’re either pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant

If you suspect or are experiencing any symptoms of chlamydia, it’s very important to get tested. If left untreated it could potentially spread and create further complications. In women it can spread into the womb and cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID is a major cause of miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy and infertility.

What treatment is available for Chlamydia?

Fortunately treating chlamydia is quick and easy. It involves a short course of antibiotics. The two most commonly prescribed chlamydia treatments are Azithromycin and Doxycycline. If taken correctly they cure more than 95 out of every 100 cases of chlamydia. Doxycycline is the currently recommended first-line antibiotic to treat chlamydia by the UK health body the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). If Doxycycline isn’t appropriate, usually because of an allergy, then Azithromycin will become the preferred antibiotic. Doxycycline is a longer course and will involve taking two capsules every day for one week, however, it currently has a lower chance of bacterial resistance than azithromycin meaning treatment is more likely to be effective. If complications are suspected then a longer course of antibiotics may be necessary. Ensure you follow the guidelines set out on medication to treat chlamydia. If treatment is taken incorrectly then it could be ineffective.

You can be purchase chlamydia treatment online from The Independent Pharmacy if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • You have already had a positive test result for chlamydia
  • There is a high chance you have chlamydia and you cannot wait for a test result
  • A sexual partner has tested positive for chlamydia
  • You have had a chlamydia test from The Independent Pharmacy that has returned positive

You should refrain from having sex for at least one week after completing your course of chlamydia treatment antibiotics. If your sexual partner hasn’t undergone any treatment, it would be advised not to have sex with them until they have been tested or have taken the appropriate antibiotics. It is advised to always avoid having sex until all the related symptoms have gone completely (for 7 days as a minimum).

If the course of chlamydia treatment is taken correctly then there will be no need for re-testing to check the chlamydia has gone. A follow-up test is only advised if any of the following applies:

  • You didn’t take the medication as instructed
  • Your symptoms still remain
  • Your symptoms have come back
  • You had sex before you and your partner had completed treatment

How can I prevent myself from getting Chlamydia?

There are measures you can take which will help guard against chlamydia and other sexually transmitted diseases. These include:

  • Using a condom during penetrative sex. This applies to both vaginal and anal intercourse.
  • During oral sex use a condom to cover the penis.
  • If using sex toys, don’t share them with others without first washing the toy or covering it with a fresh condom.
  • If performing oral sex on the female genitals, or when rubbing female genitals together, make use of a device called a dental dam. A dental dam is a thin piece of latex or plastic used to cover the female genitals.

Chlamydia FAQs

  • Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection caused by the bacteria Chlamydia Trachomatis.

    Chlamydia is transmitted through semen and vaginal fluid during genital, oral and anal sex. It can be passed from one partner to another even if the man has not ejaculated. It can also be passed through sex toys that have not been washed or cleaned after use or have not been replaced with a clean condom.

  • No, although it is commonly thought that Chlamydia is 'The Clap', it is actually Gonorrhoea that 'The Clap' refers to. Gonorrhoea tests are also available from The Independent Pharmacy.

  • Around 70-80% of women and 50% of men with chlamydia don't notice any symptoms. If women do get symptoms, the most common include: ?

    • Pain when urinating (peeing)
    • A change in vaginal discharge
    • Pain in the lower abdomen
    • Pain and/or bleeding during sex
    • Bleeding after sex
    • Bleeding between periods
    • Heavier periods than usual

    Around half of all men with chlamydia don't notice any symptoms. If men do get symptoms, the most common include:

    • Pain when urinating (peeing)
    • Discharge from the tip of the penis (this can be a white, cloudy or watery discharge)
    • Pain in the testicles

    Some men have mild symptoms that disappear after two or three days. Even if the symptoms disappear you will still have the infection and be able to pass it on.

  • Untreated Chlamydia won’t go away by itself and can do more harm to your body. If Chlamydia is left untreated in women, it can spread to the womb and causing pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID is a major cause of infertility, miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy.

    If Chlamydia is left untreated in men they are at risk of complications of Chlamydia such as orchitis (swollen testicles), reactive arthritis, and infertility. Chlamydia treatment is easy and the infection is curable.

    The Independent Pharmacy offers a discreet home test that includes the lab costs, the urine container and the pre-paid envelope. You will receive your results by email, normally within 72 hours of sending off your sample.

  • Symptoms can appear one to three weeks after infection, many months later, or not until the infection has spread to other parts of your body. The test for Chlamydia will tell you if you have the infection but it will not be able to determine how long you have had it.

  • Up to 50% of men and 70% of women do not show symptoms of the infection. It can take one to three weeks for the symptoms to develop, however they can occur months later. You can have no symptoms but still carry the infection and have the ability to infect others.

  • It can take up to 2 weeks for a positive Chlamydia test to show, therefore we recommend people wait at least 10 days from their unprotected sexual encounter before testing. This will help to prevent false readings in the test results and ensure you get an accurate diagnosis.

  • There are many reasons why you maybe experiencing persistent symptoms. These could include:

    • You have another underlying sexually transmitted infection (STI) at the same time. This will need further investigations or tests. Gonorrhoea commonly occurs in conjunction with Chlamydia.
    • You have an unrelated infection e.g. a lower urinary tract infection or endometriosis.
    • On rare occasions the strain of bacteria can be resistant to the antibiotics and further treatment is required. Another chlamydia test may be required but this will have to be performed after 6 weeks. Any earlier and the test will present a positive result from the initial infection.

    In the case of failed treatment or unresolved symptoms you should see your GP or visit your local GUM clinic.

  • It is important you tell your current partner and other sexual partners within the last 6 months if you have been tested positive for chlamydia because:

    • They may not know they have an infection and can spread it to others.
    • If it is left untreated it can lead to serious complications such as infertility.
    • Chlamydia treatment is easy, simple and the infection is curable.

    We understand that this may be a difficult conversation, however it is very important you tell your previous sexual partners if you have been diagnosed with Chlamydia to allow them to be tested and treated.

  • There isn’t a way of knowing how long you have had Chlamydia for; you may not of caught it recently. The test only gives a positive result with no indication of how long you have been infected. You may have had the infection for a long time and transmitted it to others without knowing. Partners can feel angry, scared, embarrassed or worried but appreciate you confiding in them.

  • Chlamydia antibiotics, Azithromycin or Doxycycline, usually clear symptoms quickly. Pain on passing urine and discharge normally clear within a week, however pelvic or testicular pain can take two weeks to pass. Menstrual irregularities should improve by the next cycle. Any symptoms that persist may be an indicator of failed treatment, if this occurs you should see your doctor or local sexual health clinic for further treatment.

  • Yes, it is important to treat both sexual partners for Chlamydia if they have had sex because one partner untreated or partially treated can re-infect the other. After treatment you need to abstain from sexual activity for one week. This includes genital, oral and anal sex even with a condom.

  • Azithromycin is taken a single dose treatment of two tablets. Both the tablets are swallowed at once with a glass of water on an empty stomach. It needs to be taken either an hour before food or two hours after food for maximum effectiveness.

  • Take one Doxycycline capsule in the morning and one capsule in the evening, roughly 12 hours apart. A full course to treat Chlamydia is seven days treatment, 14 capsules in total.

    Doxycycline should be taken on an empty stomach whilst sitting upright or standing. We do not recommend you take the medication directly before going to bed as it may cause irritation of the oesophagus. Ensure you drink plenty of water with each dose. Unlike other antibiotics in the tetracycline family, taking it with food does not significantly affect the absorption. If you feel nauseous or experience an upset tummy then swallow the capsules with food.

  • Chlamydia can be passed from the mother to the child during delivery via the birth canal. It can cause pneumonia, eye infections, pre-term labour and a low birth weight.

    Chlamydia screening and treatment for chlamydia during pregnancy can prevent these complications. This is not part of the routine NHS antenatal screening but your midwife or GP can arrange a simple swab test. Doxycycline cannot be taken during pregnancy, but azithromycin is safe and effective.

    If you think you have Chlamydia and you are pregnant, you should always see your doctor for treatment.

  • Use a barrier method, such as a condom, to protect yourself from sexually transmitted diseases. Clean sex toys before using them again or replace the condom and them for each new sexual activity. At the start of a new sexual relationship, both partners should be tested for STIs (and treated if necessary) before sexual contact.

  • You may wish to go ahead and get Chlamydia treatment without being tested if you have had unprotected sex with someone who has Chlamydia. You can also get a Chlamydia test to see if you have a positive result. If you do get a positive result, you will need to take antibiotic treatment to cure your Chlamydia infection, this is normally very straightforward.

    If you have had sex with other partners since you were infected, you need to contact them to let them know that they should take a Chlamydia test and may require treatment.

  • If you take a Chlamydia test and you get a negative result, you may wish to take chlamydia treatment. If you have had sex with a partner who has Chlamydia, although most people will go on to develop chlamydia, not everyone that comes into contact will become infected. However, there is also a chance of a false-negative test, meaning you may wish to have Chlamydia treatment anyway for peace of mind.

  • Yes, as long as you are buying from a website that is a legally operating and regulated pharmacy it is perfectly safe to buy Chlamydia antibiotic treatment online. The Independent Pharmacy is an NHS Online Pharmacy based in Bristol and has all the necessary regulation to be able to safely provide convenient access to genuine prescription antibiotics through our Online Pharmacy.

  • It simple! All you will need to fill in a simple health questionnaire so we can ensure that Chlamydia treatment will be safe and effective for you. It all takes less than 5 minutes and they can be delivered to your door.

  • Both Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are curable. They are sexually transmitted infections that are spread through unprotected sexual contact. Treatment is usually very effective once these conditions have been diagnosed. They are treated with antibiotics to get rid of the infection. The difficult part of contracting these STIs is they don’t exhibit many obvious symptoms which can leave this condition being undiagnosed.

    If you have recently engaged in unprotected sexual activity and would like to find out if you have either of these infections, simply, order a test online today to get your questions answered. We ensure discreet packaging and speedy delivery for anyone in the UK.

  • Although it is common to get chlamydia and gonorrhea at the same time, these infections are actually completely different. It is possible to contract chlamydia and not gonorrhea, and visa versa. Both infections are spread the same way but are caused by different types of bacteria.

  • Because chlamydia doesn’t exhibit many symptoms, spotting the signs of this infection can be tricky. Many people have contracted this STD without knowing and it’s left untreated. There can be tricky complications for those that do not treat chlamydia early enough.

    Males and females will show different symptoms of this infection, and it also tends to be more obvious in males than it is for females. This is why it is so important to regularly take a chlamydia test if you have engaged in unprotected intercourse. If left untreated in women, chlamydia can spread to other parts of the reproductive system causing PTD (pelvic inflammatory disease) and infertility.

  • There is no way to know for sure that chlamydia tablets work the first time, every time. It is possible that the first course of treatment is ineffective and you may need to proceed with future treatments to completely get rid of the infection.

    Once you have finished your first course of antibiotics for chlamydia it’s important to take another test to ensure the infection has completely gone before resuming normal sexual activity. There are some instances where the first course of tablets is ineffective and this could potentially spread the infection to others.

    You can order your chlamydia test here, at The Independent Pharmacy, offering speedy delivery and information you can trust. After taking the treatment, you should wait 2 weeks before testing again to see if it’s been effective.

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