Chlamydia Symptoms in Men
Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease that can affect both men and women. However, symptoms often vary between men and women if they are present at all. While it is wise to be aware of the common chlamydia symptoms in men and to be on the lookout for them if you engage or have engaged in unprotected sex, it is important to know that not everyone has or will notice symptoms. Furthermore, mild symptoms are frequently mistaken for other conditions or problems. As such, if you have engaged in unprotected sex, it is smart to be tested and, if you continue to engage in unprotected sex, to be tested regularly.
Chlamydia is considered a bacterial infection caused by a germ. When a person is infected with this germ, he or she can pass it on to others through sexual contact. The disease can be transmitted via sexual intercourse, oral sex,or anal sex. As such, it may affect the vagina, the penis, the throat, and/or the rectum. In fact, if sexual fluids come into contact with the eye- often through touching fluids and then touching the eye- the disease can even infect the eye!
Chlamydia symptoms in men can vary from male to male and are dependent upon where the infection has taken hold. As many as 50% of infected males will not have any symptoms whatsoever, so you cannot and should not take a “watch and wait” approach in terms of chlamydia symptoms. However, symptoms that do indicate that you should be tested by a medical professional include:
- Unexplained stomach pain
- Penile discharge
- Running a fever
- Experiencing pain or a burning sensation when urinating
- Anal swelling
- Needing to urinate more frequently
- Unexplained swollen, tender, and/or painful testicles
The Importance of Early Diagnosis and Treatment
Fortunately, chlamydia, unlike some other sexually transmitted diseases, can be treated. However, if chlamydia goes untreated for too long, it can progress and develop into more serious problems. Furthermore, if you are unaware that you have chlamydia and continue to engage in unprotected sex, you can spread the disease to your partner or partners.
One of the most serious effects of untreated chlamydia in men is the development of a condition known as nongonococcal urethritis. This condition is an infection of the penile urethra and can be very painful. Men may also develop proctitis, which is a painful inflammation of the rectum.
Men should also recognize and understand the seriousness of passing the disease onto women. When left untreated in women, chlamydia can lead to infertility. Obviously, chlamydia is a very serious disease, so any symptoms experienced should not be taken lightly and require medical testing and attention as soon as possible.
Diagnosing Chlamydia in Males
The only way to determine for sure if you have chlamydia is to be tested by a medical professional. Testing for males typically consists of a urine test and/or a swab test. Swab tests are conducted by taking a sample from the inner part of the urethra. If chlamydia is found, it can typically be treated with a course of antibiotics. However, chlamydia and its symptoms and effects are 100% preventable if you choose only to engage in protected sexual activity each and every time you have oral, anal, or traditional sexual contact.