Does Chlamydia Have Any Symptoms?

Q: I’m a 24 year-old female and sexually active. For the past few weeks, I’ve noticed some strange discharge. Could this be a sign of an STD, such as Chlamydia? The reason I ask is that I thought Chlamydia did not have any symptoms, but my sister says it does.

S. Green

Salt Lake City, UT

A: You have asked a very good question. Chlamydia does have symptoms, however they do not always show in people. Women particularly do not show symptoms for Chlamydia up to 75% of the time. Regardless of whether symptoms are present or not, if left untreated Chlamydia can have some serious effects, including pain, fever and sterility. If symptoms do occur, the most common ones include:

Abnormal discharge from the vagina or the penis
Abdominal pain
Pain, abnormal bleeding, and/or discharge
Burning or itching while urinating
Pain while having intercourse

Since you are sexually active and experiencing discharge, you need to seek testing as soon as possible. In most cases Chlamydia can be easily treated with antibiotics and you will suffer no long term effects.