When not properly treated, in 40% of cases, chlamydia infects the cells of the cervix and spreads to the ovaries, fallopian tubes or uterus, causing Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) and infertility.
This condition is caused by the intracellular bacterium Chlamydia Trachomatis and is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. When left untreated, it can have serious consequences during pregnancy:
Increased risk of ectopic pregnancy
Increased risk of miscarriage
Amniotic fluid infection
Premature rupture of membranes
Low birth weight
Infected newborns with pneumonia or conjunctivitis.
Chlamydia is often called "the silent disease" because 75% of women infected with chlamydia have no symptoms. In the remaining cases, signs appear within one to three weeks after infection:
Abnormal vaginal discharge
Burning during urination
Bleeding between periods
Dyspareunia or pain during sex
What if I had chlamydia?
Women infected with chlamydia should abstain from sex until they and their sexual partners have been treated. Otherwise, they are at high risk of becoming reinfected and experiencing serious reproductive health complications.
The deterioration of the reproductive organs (mainly the fallopian tubes) caused by the disease often hinders the movement of the egg and sperm, and the transfer of the fertilised egg to the uterus.
Can I have a baby if I had chlamydia?
In case the reproductive organs are damaged (mainly the fallopian tubes), In Vitro fertilization (IVF) is the procedure of choice to achieve a baby at home.