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What Are Chlamydia Symptoms, and Will They Go Away on Their Own?

Understanding chlamydia is essential as the majority of affected persons are asymptomatic and, thus, can have chlamydia and not know it. Without proper knowledge and timely medical care, it can lead to severe complications, affecting both men and women. 

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are a topic often met with discomfort and avoidance in conversations, but they are a critical aspect of sexual health that can’t be overlooked. 

This article by American Family Care (AFC) explores the ins and outs of chlamydia, focusing on its symptoms and the crucial question many may have: “Will chlamydia go away on its own?”

What Is Chlamydia?


Chlamydia is a common STI caused by infection with the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis.  The majority of people with chlamydia don’t have symptoms, but it can cause serious health problems even without symptoms. Many people who have chlamydia don’t know it and unknowingly infect other people. Chlamydia can cause infection among both men and women. Regular screenings can help reduce the spread of chlamydia. 


Chlamydia is spread through sexual contact. You can get chlamydia by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has chlamydia. Also, you can still get chlamydia even if your sex partner does not ejaculate. If you are pregnant and have chlamydia, you can give the infection to your baby during delivery. This can cause an eye infection or pneumonia in your baby. Having chlamydia may also make it more likely to deliver your baby early. 

Chlamydia Symptoms


If symptoms occur, they may not appear until several weeks after having sex with a partner who has chlamydia. When chlamydia symptoms do occur, they can vary between men and women. 

Symptoms in women can include:

  • An abnormal vaginal discharge
  • A burning sensation when peeing 

Even when chlamydia has no symptoms, it can damage a woman’s reproductive system. This can make it difficult to get pregnant later. 

Symptoms in men can include:

  • A discharge from their penis
  • A burning sensation when peeing
  • Pain and swelling in one or both testicles (although this is less common)

Men and women can also get chlamydia in their rectum. This happens either by having anal sex or by the spread from another infected site (such as the vagina). While these infections often cause no symptoms, they can cause:

  • Rectal pain
  • Discharge
  • Bleeding

See a healthcare provider if you notice any of these symptoms or if your partner has an STI or symptoms of one. Symptoms can include:

  • An unusual sore
  • A smelly discharge
  • Burning when peeing
  • Bleeding between periods 

Does Chlamydia Go Away on Its Own?


A common misconception about chlamydia is the belief that it will go away on its own. Chlamydia is a bacterial infection, and unlike some viral infections that can clear on their own, it requires targeted treatment.

Chlamydia Treatment


Chlamydia can be easily treated and cured with antibiotics. Although antibiotics, when taken properly, will stop the infection, they will not undo any permanent damage caused by the disease. 


  • Antibiotics: Chlamydia is treated with antibiotics, such as doxycycline or azithromycin. It is important to finish the full course of antibiotics prescribed by your healthcare provider. When taken properly, antibiotics will stop the infection and decrease your chances of having problems later. 
  • Abstain from Sexual Activity: You should not have sex again until you and your sex partner(s) complete treatment. If given a single dose of antibiotic, you should wait seven days after taking the medicine before having sex. If given a seven-day course of antibiotics, wait until you finish all the doses before having sex.


If you have been diagnosed and treated for chlamydia in the past, you can still get it again. This can happen if you have sex without a condom with a person who has chlamydia. 

Head to an AFC Clinic for STD Testing

Expertise and Compassion


AFC clinics are staffed by experienced healthcare professionals who are well-versed in sexual health and the specific needs of patients seeking STD testing. They provide expert guidance, answer your questions, and offer compassionate care throughout the testing and treatment process.

Accessibility and Convenience


Our clinics offer flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, to accommodate your schedule, making it easier than ever to prioritize your sexual health.



Your privacy and confidentiality are of utmost importance when you seek STD testing at AFC clinics. Healthcare providers adhere to strict confidentiality standards, and your personal information is kept secure.

Timely Results


AFC clinics aim to provide fast and accurate test results, allowing you to make informed decisions about your health as quickly as possible. Timely results are critical in the context of STD testing to ensure that you receive prompt treatment if necessary.

Support in Treatment and Management


Should your test results indicate an infection, AFC clinics are equipped to provide guidance and treatment options. Our healthcare professionals can help you understand your condition, initiate treatment, and guide you through the management process.

Your sexual health matters, and taking charge of it begins with knowledge and action. If you have concerns, symptoms, or simply want peace of mind, don’t hesitate to reach out to an AFC location for expert guidance and confidential STD testing and treatment services.

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