Are There Any Symptoms of Chlamydia?

Q: I have always heard that there are no noticeable symptoms of chlamydia. However, my sister says that this particular STD can show symptoms. Which one of us is right?

G. Albers

Oklahoma City, OK

A: The fact is that both of you are right. Chlamydia, like other STDs, can be tricky to self-diagnose. There are many cases in which the patient does not exhibit any symptoms at all – they just happen to find out they have the STD during other medical procedures. Chlamydia specifically is notorious for not showing symptoms. Around 75% of the time women don’t show symptoms, and around 50% of the time men don’t show symptoms. If symptoms do appear, they can include:

Abnormal discharge from the penis or vagina
Abnormal bleeding
Burning during urination
Lower back pain or abdominal pain
Painful intercourse
Itching around the penis opening

When someone exhibits any of these symptoms, they should seek immediate testing for STDs. However, it is important to note that anyone who is sexually active should seek periodic testing, just to be on the safe side. It is always better to be safe than sorry.