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Symptoms of Chlamydia Infection in Women

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease caused by a bacteria (Chlamydia trachomatis). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that women who have contracted this disease may have several symptoms, including damage to the reproductive organs. The damage can occur without a woman even realizing she has contracted the bacteria because of a lack of prominent symptoms.



In additional to abnormal vaginal secretions, a woman may have intermittent bleeding from the vagina. This may increase during sexual intercourse, which can be painful. This bleeding can occur at any time between menstrual periods.


Other Pain

It is not uncommon to experience pain or a burning sensation while urinating. Some women may experience pain in the lower abdomen or back. These more prominent symptoms typically occur when the infection spreads to the fallopian tubes and other female organs. The CDC suggests there may also be nausea and a fever in some cases. If the infection spreads to the rectum, there may be pain, discharge and bleeding. The bacteria can also infect the throat, causing irritation, pain and bleeding as well.



Vaginal discharge is one of the most common symptoms of chlamydia in women. Any signs of illness can occur within one to three weeks of exposure to the bacteria. Vaginal discharge caused by chlamydia can vary. It should be different from normal vaginal secretions. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) suggests many possible variations, including consistency, color and smell. Abnormal vaginal discharge can be watery or thick and pasty. The substance may be clear, cloudy, yellow, green or white. Any unusual or foul odor is a sign of infection, but chlamydia may cause odorless secretions as well.


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