Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that can be transmitted through sexual contact. If left untreated, it can progress through several stages, although some people may not experience any symptoms.
The stages of chlamydia are:
- Stage 1: Initial infection – This stage typically occurs 1-3 weeks after exposure to the bacteria. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort during urination, abnormal discharge, and/or pain during sexual activity.
- Stage 2: Dissemination – If left untreated, the bacteria can spread throughout the body, leading to inflammation of the urethra, cervix, or other organs. Symptoms can include pelvic pain, fever, and fatigue.
- Stage 3: Chronic infection – If chlamydia is still left untreated, it can develop into a chronic infection. This can cause long-term damage to the reproductive system, including infertility, ectopic pregnancy, or chronic pelvic pain.
It is important to seek medical attention if you suspect that you have been exposed to chlamydia or have any symptoms of infection. Chlamydia can be easily treated with antibiotics, and early treatment can help prevent complications.