What is Chlamydia?
Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease caused by a bacterial infection. It is the 8most common sexually transmitted disease* reported in the United States with over 2 million people between the ages of 14 to 39 infected every year. In women the infection can spread from the cervix to the uterus and to the fallopian tubes.
Symptoms are usually mild and tend to go unnoticed – that is why chlamydia is aptly known as the silent disease. Very often women are reinfected because they are unaware that they have the disease or their partners have not been treated. If left untreated, chlamydia can damage a woman’s reproductive system and lead to infertility
A number of serious health complications may result from chlamydia and these include:
The diagnosis of chlamydia is based on your symptoms, medical history and certain laboratory tests may be performed. Tests for both men and women include urine samples to be tested for the presence of bacteria. A swab test may also be performed for women (a swab taken from inside the vagina).
At least 70-80% of infected people do not experience any symptoms of Chlamydia. Symptoms usually occur within 1 to 3 weeks of exposure.
Women may experience symptoms of:
Men may experience symptoms of:
- Discharge from penis
- Burning sensation when urinating
- Burning and itching around the opening of the penis or inflammation or swelling in the testicle
What causes Chlamydia?
Chlamydia may be transmitted in the following ways:
- Through sexual contact with an infected person during vaginal, anal or oral sex
- Through sexual contact with a number of sexual partners
- From an infected mother to her baby during childbirth – babies may develop pneumonia or serious eye infections such as conjunctivitis
Help for Chlamydia
Antibiotic drugs such as azithromycin and doxycycline are commonly used to treat the symptoms of chlamydia for both partners. Completing the course of antibiotics is important for treatment to be effective. Practice safe sex by always using condoms, go for regular gynecological check-ups if you ‘are sexually active, get tested regularly for chlamydia and other STD’s, refrain from sexual activity or be faithful to one partner to prevent your chance of developing this disease.
Certain herbal remedies have proven to be highly effective in supporting conventional medical treatments to fight off infection and boost the immune system. Herbal remedies are safe to use, non-addictive and address overall health and wellbeing.
Carefully selected herbs such as Hypoxis Rooperi (extract of African Potato), Agathosma Betulina (buchu), Mentha Piperita and Solidago Virgaurea (also known as Goldenrod) promote the healthy functioning of the immune system and strengthen the natural protective ability of the body to fight infection. In addition, Viscum Album, Crataegus Oxyacanthoides, Schizandra Sinesis, Astralagus Membranaceus and Olea Europea (extract of olive leaf) act as a natural rejuvenating and supportive tonic.
Tips to prevent chlamydia
- A number of preventative measures can be taken to minimize your risk of getting chlamydia and these include:
- Always use condoms to protect yourself from any type of sex to lower your risk of chlamydia and other STD’s. Use a latex male condom or a female polyurethane condom for vaginal sex and for anal sex, use a latex male condom. For oral sex, use a dental dam.
- Abstain from sexual intercourse – this is obviously the best way to prevent the chlamydia infection
- Avoid having sex with more than one sexual partner at a time because the more partners you have will increase your risk of chlamydia
- Get to know your partner first before having sexual intercourse with him or her and find out whether they have been tested for STD’s before you have sex with them
- Practice fidelity, faithfulness and commitment by having a sexual relationship with one person only and no one else!
- Educate yourself about chlamydia and STD’s by speaking to your doctor and learning the symptoms
- Protect yourself by getting tested regularly for chlamydia and STD’s