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How long can a woman have chlamydia without knowing?

How long can a woman have chlamydia without knowing?

Definitely: If you are sexually active with numerous partners or an infected one you can acquire the infection and not know it. If concerned see your gyn and be checked out. ...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


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How long can a female go untreated with chlamydia before developing pid?

How long can a female go untreated with chlamydia before developing pid?

PID and Infections: One should go zero days knowing they have an infection before treating. There is no one right answer to your question, except that any delay in treatment risks pid. Treat known infections urgently. Always. ...Read more

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How long can chlamydia lie dormant in a woman's body?

How long can chlamydia lie dormant in a woman's body?

Long time: Chlamydia is a stealth germ. You can have chlamydia without having any obvious symptoms. This is part of the reason that pregnant women are routinely screened. Other women who should be screened: sexually active 15-25 year olds, women>25 year old with new partners or multiple partners. ...Read more

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Can chlamydia be dorm for yrs and test negative? If so why and for how long? Can a woman infect a man?

Can chlamydia be dorm for yrs and test negative? If so why and for how long? Can a woman infect a man?

Yes; for years; yes: Chlamydia won't necessarily produce symptoms, especially in women. Tests are not 100% accurate so you can get a negative test even if you have the disease (false negative). Yes, a woman can certainly infect a man. ...Read more

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How long does it take for chlamydia to make a female infertile?

How long does it take for chlamydia to make a female infertile?

Chlamydia Testing: Prevention and annual gc/chlamydia screening are important consideration for any sexually active woman wanting to preserve fertility. The majority of women I see with blocked fallopian tubes never were aware that they had a prior infection as evidenced by blood testing for antibodies. ...Read more

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How long does it take for women with chlamydia to become infertile?

How long does it take for women with chlamydia to become infertile?

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 have suffered some damage; males rarely become infertile from chlamydia infection. ...Read more

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On average, how long will a man/ female have to have had chlamydia to be infertile?

On average, how long will a man/ female have to have had chlamydia to be infertile?

Female?: You don't give your gender which is really important. If female you may (or might not) already have suffered some damage; males rarely become infertile from chlamydia infection. ...Read more

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How long should a female wait to be retested after completing treatment for chlamydia?

How long should a female wait to be retested after completing treatment for chlamydia?

Not before 3 weeks: Assuming standard treatment (doxycycline for a week, or single dose azithromycin), retesting should not be sooner than 3 weeks after treatment. Up to then, the test can remain positive even though the infection was cured. The best time for retesting is 3 months later, which picks up both treatment failures (which is rare) and reinfection (which is pretty common). ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for chlamydia to make you infertile if you're female?

How long is it supposed to it take for chlamydia to make you infertile if you're female?

Varies: Even with one episode of chlamydia one can damage the fallopian tubes. That damage can occur all at once immediately during the infection or can get worse over time. In reality most women with chlamydia never even know it and it causes no symptoms. There most severe the infection the greater the chance of damage to fallopian tubes an infertility. ...Read more

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How long does it take for chlamydia to damage the reproductive system to the point where the woman cannot have children in the future?

How long does it take for chlamydia to damage the reproductive system to the point where the woman cannot have children in the future?

Hard to say: It may begin to do so with the first infection in the first days or it may never cause any reproductive issues. Those who go undetected and untreated for the longest have the highest risk as do those who have repeated episodes. ...Read more

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How long does it take for chlamydia infections to cause infertility in women?

How long does it take for chlamydia infections to cause infertility in women?

Not always: One episode of this infection, diagnosed and treated early is not likely to cause infertility. ...Read more

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How long does burning continue while taking antibiotics for chlamydia? When does it stop n females

How long does burning continue while taking antibiotics for chlamydia? When does it stop n females

Depends: Depends on what you mean by burning (generalized, with urination only, with intercourse...?) and whether you have any other std related problems. If you are on appropriate treatment and are not improving significantly within 7 days, you should contact your provider. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a woman who has chlamydia to develop pelvic inflammatory disease?

7 days: As short as 7 days or less. However, many women may not be symptomatic for a long time, weeks or longer. Some may have no symptoms at all. ...Read more

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Do women usually have successful pregnancies after a chlamydia infection or do you always become infertile if not treated for a long time?

Do women usually have successful pregnancies after a chlamydia infection or do you always become infertile if not treated for a long time?

SOME DO: Chlamydia may enter the female genital tract and cause injury & scaring to the sensitive fallopian tubes or worse. If an infection is detected prior to damage & treated effectively, the problems can be minimized and natural pregnancy can occur. With todays tech a willing couple can harvest eggs, fertalize & implant embryos, bypassing the tubes. Expensive but possible ...Read more

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How long does it take for chlamydia/pid to scar a woman's uterus?

How long does it take for chlamydia/pid to scar a woman's uterus?

PID and STDs: Chlamydia/gonorrhea are two sexually transmitted bacterial infections that can result in pid if not treated. Chlamydia causes tube injury at a slower rate than gonorrhea. Nonetheless, any patient who thinks she may have been infected should seek testing. Testing is easy to perform and painless. Pid may lead to infertility, chronic pelvic pain or tubal pregnancy. Remember, protection= safe sex! ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for chlamydia/pid to scar a women's uterus?

How long is it supposed to it take for chlamydia/pid to scar a women's uterus?

Weeks to months!: Weeks to months, although it may take longer. My advice is: since over 25% of men and women under 30 are infected, why have unprotected sex? Second, if you could have it, you should take a round of antibiotics. Cheaper than the lab work! ...Read more

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How long can chlamydia go undetected?

Indefinitely: Although it can infect the cervix causing chronic cervicitis for years, can also ascend into the endometrial (uterine) cavity and out through the tubes causing severe pelvic inflammatory disease (pid) which may hospitalize you and could certainly leave you sterile. That is why it is recommended that all young women, and those at risk, be screened annually. ...Read more

Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
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Chlamydia Infection (Definition)

A sexually transmitted infection caused by a bacteria. Genital symptoms include burning on urination, vaginal or penile discharge, pain with sexual intercourse or ...Read more