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Chlamydia is the most common treatable STD. It often presents no symptoms in men or women unless it leads to complications - when treatment can sometimes be too late to stop permanent damage.
In some women, infection can damage the Fallopian tubes, which conduct eggs from the ovaries to the womb. This can stop the tubes working properly and they can become completely blocked.
Chlamydia is the most common preventable cause of infertility in women. When the fallopian tubes are blocked, no pregnancy is possible naturally. One option is IVF (in-vitro fertilisation), but availability on the NHS is still patchy and has variable success rates: usually no more than 20 per cent of women end up with a baby.
Women with damaged tubes do occasionally fall pregnant, but there is an increased risk of the pregnancy developing in the tubes rather than the womb. This is called an ectopic pregnancy. The tube can split apart causing serious pain and bleeding. This is an emergency, because the bleeding can be life threatening.
Infection sometimes leads to pain in the lower abdomen that is often mistaken for some other problem rather than pelvic infection.
Men can also run into trouble. Chlamydia is the most common cause of inflammation in the testicles and sperm-conducting tubes (epididymo-orchitis) in men under 35. This causes marked pain, swelling and redness in the scrotum on the affected side, or on both sides. Chlamydia infection can also trigger joint inflammation in some men.
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Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.
We will send you your Chlamydia Trachomatis (ureathral swab) swab test sample collection kit which contains everything you need to take your swab sample in the comfort of your own home.
Your Chlamydia Trachomatis (ureathral swab) test includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your swab sample directly to our laboratory for analysis. If you live in an area where you cannot rely on the post or you simply want to ensure that your sample arrives at the laboratory the following day, you may wish to send your swab sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.
Your swab sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.
Our medical team will comment on out-of-range swab test results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Chlamydia Trachomatis (ureathral swab) test results can be downloaded for your doctor.
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