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How long can you have chlamydia before it causes pelvic inflammatory disease

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Dr. Moez Khorsandi
Urology 27 years experience
Variable: This is variable from person to person depending on multiple factors. But the lag time can range from months to years. Symptoms may also be acute in onset or gradualover a long period of time.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Very variable. : Can be days or months. As soon as you know you have it, get treated along with your consort.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Does having chlamydia increase your risk for pelvic inflammatory disease?

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Dr. Moez Khorsandi
Urology 27 years experience
Yes: Chlamydia and gonnorhhea are 2 of the most common agents to cause pelvic inflammatory disease. Any person in contact with a sexual partner who has either of these infections, should be treated as well toprevent the long term problems of pelvic inflammatory disease.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for chlamydia to cause pelvic inflammatory disease?

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Dr. Howard Feinberg
Rheumatology 37 years experience
14 days: Most chlamydia infections do not cause any symptoms. Pelvic inflammatory disease usually occurs 7-21 days after exposure if it occurs.
A 22-year-old member asked:

How does chlamydia contribute to pelvic inflammatory disease?

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Dr. Moez Khorsandi
Urology 27 years experience
Infection: Chlamydia leads to pelvic infection and eventual scarring of the pelvic organs. This in turn sets up a chronic state on inflammation in the pelvic causing scarring and poor healing in the area. The chronic nature of PID then leads to multiple problems such as pain, infertility, and ectopic pregnancy.
A 46-year-old member asked:

How long will you have to have chlamydia to develop pelvic inflammatory disease?

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Dr. Collin Smikle
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Chlamydia and PID: The longer you have chlamydia without treatment, the more likely you can have pid. Chlamydia acts by migrating from the cervix to the fallopian tubes so it takes some time. If you use birth control pills, it may take a bit longer. Still, you can't know truly whether there is any effect until you have some testing to confirm the tubes are open after being treated.
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A 20-year-old female asked:

What are the symptom differences between chlamydia and pelvic inflammatory disease?

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Dr. Chevies Newman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Well: Pelvic inflammatory disease is an infection of the uterus which means the bacteria went up from the cervix. It is typifified by significant pain and chlamydia if often a causative agent. Chlamydia is a bacteria which can be carried asymptomatically or can be limited to the cervix but can cause the clinical problem of pid. That's why we screen for it so heavily; good luck.

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