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how long does chlamydia take to cause damage

A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gerard Honore
28 years experience Fertility Medicine
No safe interval: There's no 'safe' time period, so if you are infected (or worry that you might be) you must treat right away. If female you may (or might not) already ... Read More

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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
25 years experience Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Not long!: Tubal damage can be severe when a woman has smoldering chlamydial infection in her genital tract and lead to infertility due to tubal occlusion/malfun ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Levin
31 years experience Urology
Within a few days: STD's can show up within s few days to weeks. Cervix iris is PID, a complicTion quite serious. Treat promptly as can cause infertility
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
that's very variable: Damage may start quickly in some females (weeks to months) and longer in others.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Ho answered
13 years experience Infectious Disease
Hard to say: It is well known that stds such as chlamydia, especially in long standing infections, can lead to pid; however, pid ranges from subclinical and asympt ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jesse Mills
19 years experience Urology
It may not: Untreated chlamydia does not always lead to male infertility. Get checked and treated if indicated.
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Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Unpredictable: You are correct that chlamydia can cause infertility by scarring down the fallopian tubes. In most cases though it will not. Which cases will cause in ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Murray
27 years experience Fertility Medicine
Variable: All chlamydia infections, male or female, should be treated immediately with antibiotics. Some women may harbor chlamydia in the cervix and pass it on ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Feinberg
36 years experience Rheumatology
14 days: Most chlamydia infections do not cause any symptoms. Pelvic inflammatory disease usually occurs 7-21 days after exposure if it occurs.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Munshower
29 years experience Family Medicine
It differs: There is no definitive time period associated with infertility from infections, but generally it is with chronic infections that continue to occur and ... Read More
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