Chlamydia Screening

NHS Chlamydia Screening

Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the UK and can be passed on through unprotected sex (without use of a condom).

Most people who have chlamydia don’t notice any symptoms, which is why it’s important to be tested annually if you’re sexually active and when you have sex with new or casual partners.

What are the symptoms of chlamydia?

In women:

Around 70% of women with chlamydia don’t notice any symptoms. If you do have symptoms the most common include:

  • Pain when urinating
  • Unusual vaginal discharge
  • Pain in the stomach or pelvis
  • Pain during sex
  • Bleeding after sex
  • Bleeding between periods

If left untreated chlamydia can spread to the womb and cause a serious condition called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). This is often the major cause of ectopic pregnancy and infertility in women.

In men:

Around 50% of men with this infection don’t notice any symptoms. If you do have symptoms the most common include:

  • Pain when urinating
  • White, cloudy, or watery discharge from the tips of the penis
  • Burning or itching in the urethra (the tube that carried the urine out of the body)
  • Pain in testicles

Left untreated chlamydia can cause swelling in the epididymis (the tubes that carry sperm from the testicles) and testicles. This may have an affect on your fertility.

Who can have this treatment?

Depending on the area you live in and if you’re under 25, we can offer you a free and confidential chlamydia screening in pharmacy.

For more information, please visit your local Day Lewis pharmacy today.

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