Chlamydial cervicitis

What is Chlamydial Cervicitis?

Chlamydial cervicitis is an infection of the cervix caused by Chlamydia trachomatis bacteria. It affects women and is the most often reported type of sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the U.S. It is caused by bacteria present within the genital area and is spread during sexual activity.

Chlamydial cervicitis is a common infection that can cause severe inflammation of the cervix. In some cases, it can lead to long term health problems such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and even infertility. It affects an estimated 3 million people in the United States each year.

Symptoms of Chlamydial Cervicitis

Chlamydial cervicitis has a wide range of symptoms including:

  • Painful urination
  • Discharge from the vagina
  • Painful intercourse
  • Vaginal itching or burning
  • Pain in the lower abdomen or pelvis
  • Irregular bleeding between periods

It is important to note that many people with this condition may not have any symptoms at all. Therefore, it is important to get tested annually if you are sexually active.

Chlamydial Cervicitis Diagnosis and Treatment

Chlamydial cervicitis can be diagnosed through a simple swab test. In some cases, a pelvic exam may also be necessary. Treatment usually involves a course of antibiotics. The infection should clear up within a few weeks. However, it is important to follow your doctor's instructions carefully in order to avoid any potential long term health problems.

Prevention is Key

The best way to prevent chlamydial cervicitis is to practice safe sex. Use condoms consistently and get tested regularly. If you are diagnosed with chlamydial cervicitis, it is important to tell your sexual partners so that they can also seek treatment.