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Went for my yearly it was neg then became pregnant a few months later my test was positive for Chlamydia can it become dorment for a long time?

Went for my yearly it was neg then became pregnant a few months later my test was positive for Chlamydia can it become dorment for a long time?

Chlamydia: Chlamydia can persist for several months and sometimes up to a year in the female genital tract. Maybe once in a while longer than that, but it's most likely you became infected between the two test results. But of course you're in a better position than I am to judge if your partner might have had sex with others. No matter what, he should be tested and you both should be treated. ...Read more

Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
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Chlamydia Infection (Definition)

Chlamydia infection is a sexually transmitted infection caused by a bacteria. Genital symptoms include burning on urination, vaginal or penile discharge, pain with sexual intercourse or no symptoms at all. In many patients without symptoms, chlamydial infections can spread upwards into the abdomen and cause serious complications due to scarring. Newborns can acquire chlamydial eye infection from birth ...Read more


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Can chlamydia remain dormant in the body for years?

Can chlamydia remain dormant in the body for years?

Yes: Chlamydia may be a silent infection for years. Even though it it not causing any overt symptoms, it may be causing inflammation of the the cervix, the uterus, and the tubes. Over time this can result in damage to the tubes that may affect fertility. It is important to have a PCR test for chlamydia if you have had sex without condoms with a partner who could be infected. ...Read more

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Can a woman have chlamydia for years (2) and still be fertile?

Can a woman have chlamydia for years (2) and still be fertile?

Yes, but...: It's very uncommon to have chlamydia that long. It's usually cleared by the immune system in a few months. No matter how long a chlamydial infection lasts, it usually doesn't cause infertility. It can happen, but probably no more often in a prolonged infection (many months) or a brief one (a few weeks). If you had chlamydia and have been treated, probably you are not infertile. ...Read more

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Could you have chlamydia or gonorrhoea for 10 years+ and not know?

Could you have chlamydia or gonorrhoea for 10 years+ and not know?

No: These are infections that present with symptoms, sometimes what we call " subacute" or " take a while" to declare themselves, but they are not a 10 year kind of thing! This infection can easily reoccur with another exposure however. That happens often. ...Read more

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Could chlamydia return after 4 years without being re infected by another person?

Could chlamydia return after 4 years without being re infected by another person?

No: No, if you were appropriately treated in the past, chlamydia cannot "recur" unless you are re-infected. ...Read more

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Can a woman have chlamydia for 2 years (untreated) without any symptoms and still be fertile?

Can a woman have chlamydia for 2 years (untreated) without any symptoms and still be fertile?

Yes: Not all chlamydia infections cause infertility. Some people can carry it without symptoms or further problems. Don't assume infertile unless it is ok to become a parent. ...Read more

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Will having chlamydia that was treat in the past affect fertility 5 years later for a female?

Will having chlamydia that was treat in the past  affect fertility 5 years later for a female?

Possibly: The impact (and it can be extremely significant) of chlamydia on female fertility is tubal damage. This includes adhesions ('scar') around the tubes and/or ovaries, thickening of the tubal walls and disruption of the cilia that line them, to partial or complete blockage. A hysterosalpingogram (hsg) is often the first step in evaluating tubal damage, whether from chlamydia or other causes. ...Read more

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I was just diagnosed with chlamydia. I have been monogamous for 8 years, could I have had this whole time?

I was just diagnosed with chlamydia. I have been monogamous for 8 years, could I have had this whole time?

STI Probably recent: It is possible but not likely if you have not had any symptoms in that period of time and have had regular well woman exams. ...Read more

Chlamydia (Definition)

Chlamydia is a curable sexually transmitted infection that is caused by the bacteria chlamydia trachomatis. This bacteria infects mucous membranes of the urethra, vagina, cervix, anus, rectum, eyelid, and throat. Chlamydia may be asymptomatic but some patients experience pain or burning during urination, nausea, fever, vaginal discharge, ...Read more