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

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

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. ...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 does it take for chlamydia to cause pelvic inflammatory disease?

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

14 days: Most chlamydia infections do not cause any symptoms. Pelvic inflammatory disease usually occurs 7-21 days after exposure if it occurs. ...Read more

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Can you tell if you had pelvic inflammatory disease from having chlamydia? If so, how long do u have to have PID to cause damage?

Can you tell if you had pelvic inflammatory disease from having chlamydia? If so, how long do u have to have PID to cause damage?

Uncertain: Chlamydia is the most common cause of PID, but most chlamydial infections don't result in PID. There are no data on duration of PID and permantent tubal damage, but the longer infection is present without treatment, probably the greater the risk of permanent damage. Also, second and later chlamydial infections often cause more damage than first infections. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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How long do you have to have chlamydia to develop pelvic inflammatory disease pid?

Unknown: There is no magic number. It all depends on your body and your immunity. If your immunity is low the disease can reek havoc. If it is high it will keep the progression of the disease in check. ...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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Could chlamydia or PID (pelvic inflammatory disease) cause infertility and scarring?

Could chlamydia or PID (pelvic inflammatory disease) cause infertility and scarring?

PID: If untreated 10 to 15% of women with chlamydia may develop pelvic inflammatory disease (pid). Pid may start developing within weeks to months of infection. Or it may take longer in others. This can damage the fallopian tubes ; uterus ; result in infertility, ectopic pregnancy ; chronic pelvic pain. ...Read more

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Help can chlamydia or PID (pelvic inflammatory disease) cause infertility and scarring?

Help can chlamydia or PID (pelvic inflammatory disease) cause infertility and scarring?

There can be, depends: The germs can travel up into your fallopian tubes and cause inflammation ; scarring that might prevent a natural pregnancy or place you at risk of a tubal pregnancy in the future. Early recognition and treatment with antibiotics may limit the damage. Your obgyn can explain the limitations of tests available to study the effect on your system. ...Read more

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How long does it take for zithromax to cure chlamydia and does it also cure pelvic inflammatory disease?

Two weeks: Most providers recommend avoiding intercourse for two weeks after treatment followed by a rest to make sure the infection has resolved. Zithromax can be used as part of the treatment for PID along with other medications. ...Read more

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Can you tell if you had pelvic inflammatory disease? How do u kno you had it long enough to cause damage

No easy way: If you didn't have lower abdominal pain, you probably didn't have PID. This isn't certain; sometimes silent infection can damage the fallopian tubes, i.e. asymptomatic PID. However, most women with chlamydia don't have serious tubal damage. Unfortunately, there's no easy way to know for sure. Often the problem comes to light only after failure to conceive after a year or more of trying. ...Read more

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How does chlamydia contribute to pelvic inflammatory disease?

How does chlamydia contribute to pelvic inflammatory disease?

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. ...Read more

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Does having chlamydia increase your risk for pelvic inflammatory disease?

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. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Can you have Pelvic inflammatory disease without chlamydia or Gonorreah? I have PID SX but clear swabs

Can you have Pelvic inflammatory disease without chlamydia or Gonorreah? I have PID SX but clear swabs

Of course.: Gonorrhea and Chlamydia are just 2 or the organisms that cause PID, I think that you were wise to rule these out if you are having symptoms. Just remember that you can have pelvic symptoms that mimic PID without an infection at all. Ovarian cysts can leak, rupture or twist. Endometriosis can cause great pain and scar tissue and on and on. Consult a physician to make an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is it possible for chlamydia make you infertile without even developing pelvic inflammatory disease?

Is it possible for chlamydia make you infertile without even developing pelvic inflammatory disease?

Not notice: Chlamydia usually affects fertility by damaging the fallopian tubes and causing pelvic adhesions to occur. An infection does ensue, but at times the infection may be very subtle and not cause the extremely high temperatures or extreme pelvic pain that is seen traditionally with p I d. ...Read more

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Is the only risk of untreated Chlamydia, pelvic inflammatory disease (which ultimately leads to infertility)? And can PID be symptomless for years?

Is the only risk of untreated Chlamydia, pelvic inflammatory disease (which ultimately leads to infertility)? And can PID be symptomless for years?

Untreated infection: Anytime there is a untreated infection, STD or not, it can to continue to grow and progress. Ultimately the body's defense system can get "overwhelmed" by the infection and it can become blood system borne (sepsis)_ which can result in death. In addition, untreated STD's is the bane of CDC and MD's existences as it gives meaning to being "Typhoid Mary" with transmission to all contacts. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with chlamydia and I believe I caught it within three weeks of infection. How would I know if I have pelvic inflammatory disease? Would it have been tested for in the STI test?

I have been diagnosed with chlamydia and I believe I caught it within three weeks of infection. How would I know if I have pelvic inflammatory disease? Would it have been tested for in the STI test?

Matter of intensity: PID is a term applied to a variety of infections that produce an intensity of symptoms that is hard to ignore. It is usually suspected when someone has lower abdominal pain, extra bleeding and or discharge and fever. A physical exam will confirm the suspicion when movement of the cervix causes intense pain. While you can have chlamydia with few if any symptoms, that would not get the PID label. ...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


Dr. Brian Nguyen
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Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (Pid) (Definition)

A general term for infection of the uterus lining, fallopian tubes, or ovaries. ...Read more