Chlamydia and infertility?

posted 2 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’m no expert but I think your infection would need to be left untreated for quite a while before it could potentially turn into PID.  If you’ve had ultrasounds to confirm ovarian cysts then they would be able to see inflammation of the tubes, etc, so you would know.  I think you are probably fine, but I’m a worrier so I know how you feel!

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

krystalite:  PP is right, it affects fertility if left untreated for a long time. Have you ever had PID? You’d know it if you did.

Post # 4
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Busy bee

You have to leave it untreated for a long time for it to cause infertility. Have you had an STI test since then? If so you should be in the clear. If you’re seriously worried about though you should talk to your doctor.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

krystalite:  well to be honest I dont know the ins and outs but my cousin had the same thing happen….a guy cheated and gave it to her. She told me that its something that doesnt actually go away (like get cured) it can actually recur/have flare ups during your lifetime. Now it could be years in between (some people may never have another) but just be aware you most likely do still carry the virus (dont worry its not “active” unless there’s an episode… kinda like a cold sore). As long as you took the treatment the doctor gave you and have had no signs of a flare up then you should be ok… I think the issues only come if you get flare ups and leave it untreated!! I do know its stays with you because my cousin said that since …every person shes dated its been so awkward because she feels obligated to tell them (obviously the right thing to do)

Once you get pg they will test you for it….and you may not be able to give birth vaginally as you can pass it through the babies mouth etc? (I believe?)  again… not sure myself but from what Ive been told.

I just went through the battery of standard tests you get when your pg and one of them was specifically chlamydia.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I think if you’ve had regular gynecological care, this isn’t something you need to worry about.  As the PPs said, infertility problems come from untreated STIs.  If you had ongoing issues, your doctor would have seen something.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

shanbp:  Chlamydia is a bacteria and is usually cured pretty easily.  It’s the viruses that are difficult to get rid of.

krystalite:  Do you think you would have been diagnosed with an STI and then not bothered to treat it?  I think most people would want it gone – I think you most likely took the pills!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

krystalite:  no I know what herpes is, I have friends who are nurses and I’ve heard all the stories… this is specifically the clap…. like I said this is what my cousin said so I have no idea

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

krystalite:  whoops I hit post too soon… I meant to add, definatly check with the doctor cause you never know. My DH best friend had it from highschool and he seemed to keep recuring for him over the last 10 years…although maybe he just had the worst luck in ladies he dated? (qquite possible with his track record) He said he took the meds… but maybe he lied

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

you are right!! it is curable ….I guess if not treated then it can flare up (well symptoms come and go I guess? symptoms can subside and then people think oh its ok so they dont get meds). That makes more sense! I wouldnt worry if I were you…. its been 8 years so Im sure you’d know by now if you hadn’t taken the pills!

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Bellagio, Las Vegas

shanbp:  You must be mistaking chlamydia (a bacterial infection) with genital herpes. Chlamydia is caused by bacteria, which is treated with antibiotics. Antibiotics treated the infection by killing off that bacteria. Now, it *could* come back, per se, if someone didn’t finish their course of antibiotics. However, usually it’s a one-time large dose of azithromycin. Sometimes it’s a 7 day course of doxycycline. It is not a virus, you do not carry it forever. There are no flare-ups.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Bellagio, Las Vegas

Also, people who contract chlamydia have a greater chance of contracting it again. They also have an increased risk of contracting gonorrhea. It is especially common in people ages 18-25, so this may be a problem for some people. During treatment, you are to abstain from sexual activity for 7 days.

I’m a nurse, I really wanted to clear up some things on this thread so false information isn’t being disseminated. (:

PID occurs as a result of untreated chlamydia. Since it is a “silent” infection most of the time, it is a risk for females in the high-risk age group.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

indycolts3990:  yes I corrected a few posts down… I googled lol (I should have before I posted but at work I didnt really want that showing up ha). My first post was in fact what the person who had it told me, so maybe they got their facts mixed because they were completely freaking out and werent thinking straight. It was several years ago but all I remember her saying was it could come back….but I guess thats wrong. (as I stated Im no std expert)

I wish I could delete that now cause Im gonna get so many replys lol. dammit

However if untreated you can get symptoms “back”…maybe thats what she was trying to tell me/got mixed up. I read that sometimes they subside before people get to the doctor/the meds and then they think “oh whatever that was seemed to go away so I should be ok” …. so goes untreated, THATS when it seems to “come back” per say when in reality it never went away because they just ignored it.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Bellagio, Las Vegas

shanbp:  ohhhh gotcha. And I realized you had corrected yourself before I replied. 😛 Oops. Sorry! Education for everyone today!

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