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Chlamydia (once called “the clap”) is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by bacteria. It can affect men and women and lead to infertility in women if untreated.

Chlamydia: What you should know

  • You can get chlamydia from having vaginal sex, oral sex or anal sex with a person who has chlamydia. Latex condoms may help prevent chlamydia.
  • Chlamydia symptoms can easily be missed, so women should look out for unusual vaginal discharge and burning while urinating. Men with chlamydia may have penile discharge or painful urination.
  • If left untreated, chlamydia can lead to more serious problems, such as pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility.
  • Women can pass chlamydia to their babies during delivery, putting babies at risk for eye infections and pneumonia. 

How can I get help for chlamydia?

Call your OB-GYN or primary care doctor if you have any of the following chlamydia symptoms:

  • Unusual vaginal discharge
  • Painful urination
  • Penile discharge
  • Rectal pain, discharge or bleeding
  • Swollen testicle
  • Pelvic pain

You should also talk to your doctor if you are pregnant and think you have had sex with someone who has chlamydia.

Care for chlamydia at Rush

Doctors at Rush realize that an STD diagnosis can be unsettling. That’s why they focus on not just treating the chlamydia — usually with antibiotics — but supporting you emotionally. And if the problem is more serious, your doctor may recommend you see a specialist at Rush.

Why choose Rush for chlamydia care

  • Primary care doctors at Rush, including OB-GYNs, can successfully treat chlamydia. These doctors are closely connected to specialists at Rush who can help address conditions that arise from your chlamydia diagnosis.
  • Rush has a program for abdominal and pelvic health issues, including pelvic inflammatory disease, that addresses the full spectrum of issues surrounding this condition.
  • Fertility specialists at Rush help men and women combat infertility caused by STDs with such treatments as IVF.
  • Maternal-fetal medicine doctors at Rush specialize in caring for women facing high-risk pregnancies and deliveries. This includes treating women who have or had chlamydia.
  • The staff at the new and spacious Rush Family Birth Center has expertise in caring for pregnant women affected by chlamydia.

Departments and programs that treat this condition