Symptoms of Chlamydia in the Mouth, Rectum and Genitals
Hopefully, we all know how important it is to test for sexually transmitted infections. However, when you experience symptoms of chlamydia in the mouth or rectum, a standard chlamydia test won’t diagnose an infection. Therefore, let’s discuss the importance of testing more thoroughly. By this, we mean that if you practice oral or anal sex, special testing options are recommended for you.
If you engage in oral or anal sex, standard chlamydia testing is not enough. This is because the ordinary test at your typical clinic or medical facility will only test for the infection in your genitals. Only if you specifically tell the medical professional about your sexual preferences will they know to test for the infection in other areas.
While some people are embarrassed to mention this (and you shouldn’t be!), it is vital that you are honest with your doctor. This way, you will both know that you are being properly screened.
Or, you can skip the awkward conversation altogether and test with an at-home test kit. An Extragenital test kit screens for chlamydia and gonorrhea in three areas of the body: the mouth, rectum and genitals. Testing in the comfort of your home is a great option for people who want to take control of their own health! Extragenital testing is even available as part of Total Box, myLAB Box’s comprehensive 14-panel test kit.
If you notice symptoms of chlamydia in the mouth, rectum or genitals, you should order one of these at-home three-site tests. That said, even when there is an infection present, you may not experience any symptoms. You should get tested regardless.
When symptoms do show, here’s what to look for:
Symptoms of Chlamydia in the Mouth
Often, symptoms of chlamydia in the mouth can be mistaken for common ailments such as a cold or flu. You’ll never know if these symptoms are a sign of a sexually transmitted infection unless you are tested. If symptoms of chlamydia in the mouth are present, they may appear in the following form:
- low-grade fever
- sore throat or throat infection
- swollen lymph nodes
Symptoms of Chlamydia in the Rectum
Many of these symptoms are similar in both men and women. Common signs of chlamydia in the rectum are:
- anal itching or soreness
- painful bowel movements
- rectal bleeding
- anal discharge
- rectal pain due to inflammation
- For men, pain in the testes and scrotum area may indicate that the infection has spread.
Symptoms of Chlamydia in the Genitals
If you aren’t tested, chlamydia in the genitals may be easily mistaken for a yeast infection or bladder infection. Some of the most common Chlamydia symptoms include a burning feeling during urination or more frequent urination.
Additionally, symptoms can present themselves differently in men and women:
- white, cloudy or watery discharge from the penis
- itching and burning around the opening of your penis
- abnormal vaginal discharge that may have an odor (V-Box, an at-home women’s health test, screens for common causes of abnormal vaginal discharge, including chlamydia)
- pain during sexual intercourse
- painful periods or bleeding between periods
- lower abdominal pain, nausea or fever if the infection has spread
- itching or burning around the vagina
How to Test At Home
Using a three-site Extragenital test from home is simple. It can be done at any time and from any place. Better yet, it only takes five minutes to complete your at-home test. Here’s how it works:
- Order an STI testing kit (You even get free shipping!)
- Collect a sample using the easy-to-follow instructions.
- Send the sample off for testing. (More free shipping!)
- Receive your lab-certified results online in just days.
If Chlamydia is Left Untreated
As we mentioned above, some infections don’t show any symptoms. At times, you may even think your symptoms mean something else. You may mistake your sore throat as an oncoming cold or your abdominal pain as menstrual cramps.
However, if you leave the infection undiagnosed or untreated, it can cause further complications. For instance, it is possible for chlamydia to damage a woman’s reproductive system. If left untreated, the infection can spread to the fallopian tubes and ovaries. Unfortunately, this can eventually result in infertility.
As you can see, it is well worthwhile to test properly for chlamydia and other sexually transmitted infections. Luckily, this infection is curable when treated with antibiotics. You just need to be tested and diagnosed first! Don’t stress, just test.