Chlamydia treatment, diagnosis & prescriptions
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Can I talk to a doctor on Maple about my chlamydia?
Absolutely. Once you’ve described your symptoms, and given the doctor some necessary information about your sexual history, it’s possible for the doctor to prescribe you medication. The doctor may also request that you take a urine or swab test to confirm the prognosis, and to be sure you’re clear of any other STIs.
Can I get a prescription on Maple?
Yes, our physicians can prescribe medications online during your consultation. Once you accept a prescription, you’ll have the option to pick it up from any pharmacy or to have it delivered right to your door at no additional cost.
You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.
What is chlamydia?
Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by a bacteria called chlamydia trachomatis. It spreads through oral, vaginal, and anal sex, and effects both men and women.
While it’s possible to contract chlamydia at any age, it’s most commonly found in young people who are sexually active — especially women under 25. A lot of people with chlamydia don’t experience any symptoms, so they may not know they have it.
What are the symptoms of chlamydia?
Symptoms of chlamydia in women include:
- Vaginal discharge
- Pain while urinating
- Pain during sex
- Cloudy urine
- Pain in the lower abdomen, accompanied by chills or fever
- Lower back pain
- Vaginal bleeding between periods
- Genital itching
- Swollen and painful glands at the opening of the vagina
- Anal discharge
Symptoms of chlamydia in men include:
- Discharge from the penis
- Pain while urinating
- Cloudy urine
- Itching or burning sensations at the opening of the penis
- Pain and/or swelling in the testicles
- Anal discharge
- Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
How is chlamydia diagnosed?
The doctor will ask you questions about your sexual history so they can get a better understanding of the types of risk you have been exposed to. That helps inform the types of tests they’ll need to run.
A doctor can test for chlamydia in women through a swab of the cervix, which can be done during a routine pap test.
In men, a doctor may swab the tip of the penis to collect samples from the urethra, and depending on the sexual history reported, they may also test a swab of the anus as well.
Chlamydia can also be detected through urine samples for both men and women.
How do you get chlamydia?
Chlamydia transmission happens during vaginal, anal, and occasionally oral sex. Ejaculation doesn’t have to occur to transmit chlamydia.
A few ways to prevent chlamydia are:
Using condoms or dental dams during sex
Regularly getting tested after sex with a new partner, or after sex with someone who may have had other partners since their last STD test
If you’re undergoing treatment for chlamydia, ensuring you avoid having sex again until you confirm with your doctor that your treatment was successful.
Can chlamydia go away on its own?
No, chlamydia won’t go away on its own. It’s also possible to be infected with chlamydia multiple times — treating it once won’t stop you from getting it again.
Untreated chlamydia makes you more susceptible to other STIs like HIV, so treatment is important for your personal protection, and the health of your partners.
Be sure to let your previous partners know if you have been diagnosed with chlamydia so that they can get tested too! It will help stop the spread.
Is chlamydia curable?
Yes! With antibiotics, chlamydia trachomatis can be fully cured, usually in about two weeks. It’s important to be tested regularly though, since being treated for chlamydia once doesn’t protect you from future infections.
How can I treat chlamydia?
Antibiotics are used to treat chlamydia trachomatis. A doctor will likely prescribe you either azithromycin or doxycycline.
Medication is taken orally in pill form, and doses vary depending on the case. It’s really important to take all the antibiotics the doctor prescribes to you, even if your symptoms start to clear up before you’re finished the medication.
How long can I have chlamydia before it causes damage?
It’s important to start treatment for chlamydia as soon as possible.
In women, untreated chlamydia’s long term effects include:
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), causing chronic pain in the pelvis and abdomen, and in some cases, difficulty getting pregnant or infertility
- Increased risk of an ectopic pregnancy (where the fertilized egg grows outside the uterus)
- Risk of passing chlamydia to your baby during childbirth, resulting in conjunctivitis (eye infection) or a lung infection like pneumonia
In men, untreated chlamydia’s long term effects are:
- Inflamed testicles, which can negatively affect fertility long-term
- Sexually Acquired Reactive Arthritis (SARA), causing the urethra, eyes, or joints to swell
What is Maple?
With Maple, you can start talking to a doctor about your symptoms in a matter of minutes. We’re a healthcare app for fast, convenient 24/7 access to Canadian doctors.
You simply log in, tap a button to request a consultation, and we’ll immediately connect you to a doctor via live chat or video. You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.
Our doctors can assess symptoms, and provide treatment, including prescriptions as necessary.
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