Chlamydia Makes Men Infertile

One of the most common sexually transmitted diseases may be damaging the fertility of British males. Chlamydia which is known to affect women’s fertility by scarring and causing blockages in the fallopian tubes, is now also thought to harm male fertility by causing genetic damage to sperm.Cases of the sexually transmitted infection have risen in the UK since the mid-1990s and it now affects more than 100,000 people, the majority of whom are in the 18 to 25 age group.

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Chlamydia may cause infertility in men and most of them do not have symptoms at all. Sexually active men and men with multiple partners are at highest risk. Chlamydia can occur with other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) like gonorrhea and syphilis. So, men with Chlamydia must be diagnosed for other sexual diseases.

Men with Chlamydia infection:

In men, Chlamydia develops symptoms similar to those of gonorrhea and can cause epididymitis and orchitis. Epididymitis is a painful infection of the tube system that is a part of the testicles, which can lead to infertility. The symptoms include burning on urination or defecation, itching of the penis, pain or swelling of the testicles and discharge from penis or rectum. But, up to twenty five percent of men may not have symptoms.

Diagnosis in men for Chlamydia infection involves urethral discharge sampling. If the person is included in anal sex, samples from rectum may also be needed. The sample will be sent for fluorescent or monoclonal antibody test, cell culture or DNA probe test.

Antibiotics safely treat Chlamydia:

Treatment for Chlamydia includes antibiotics such as erythromycin, tetracyclines, and azithromycin. Early treatment with antibiotics is successful and can prevent the long term complications. Untreated Chlamydia infection can lead to infertility. Left untreated, Chlamydia can increase the risk of acquiring HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

Like other infections, people with Chlamydia have no symptoms and unaware of the symptoms. Therefore, it is important to be honest with your partner. It is safe to have sex after one week of antibiotic treatment, provided if symptoms disappear. Chlamydia can reoccur immediately after the infection has been cured.

If your partner is also infected with Chlamydia, you should wait for having sex until they have finished the course of treatment. It is always good to use condoms to prevent sexually transmitted infections.

It is important for you to return for check up once the treatment has been completed to make sure that there is no recurrence of the infection.

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