Chlamydia is known as a "silent" disease because about 3 out of 4 women who are infected don't have symptoms. Some women have a change in vaginal discharge or pain when they urinate.
Health care providers use lab tests to diagnose chlamydia in women. Some tests use a urine sample. Other tests use a sample taken from the woman's cervix.
Chlamydia is treated with antibiotics.
What you can do
Ask your health care provider to screen you for chlamydia early in pregnancy. If you are infected, you can get antibiotics to treat the infection. This will prevent any complications for you and your baby.
Be sure your partner is also screened. Partners can pass the infection back and forth between themselves.
While you're pregnant, you can avoid chlamydia by not having sex. If you do have sex:
- Have sex with only one partner who is having sex only with you, has been tested for chlamydia, and is not infected
- Use a latex condom
If your provider gives you antibiotics, be sure to take them as directed.
For more information
- CDC information line
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- American Social Health Association