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Chlamydia Infection in Females

Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease, or STD, caused by the organism Chlamydia trachomatis. Sexually transmitted disease refers to any contagious disease transmitted from one person to another during sexual contact. In women, the infection usually occurs in the urinary tract, pelvis, or cervix. The cervix is the opening between the vagina and the uterus.

What is going on in the body?

The organism Chlamydia trachomatis causes chlamydia infection. It infects the cells and causes a number of changes. The organism is usually passed from one partner to another during sexual intercourse. An infection can also be passed from an infected mother to her baby during birth. This can cause eye infections or pneumonia in the infant.

What are the causes and risks of the infection?

The organism that causes a chlamydia infection is usually passed from one partner to another during sexual intercourse. Any other intimate contact of the genitals, mouth, rectal area, or the sharing of sexual toys can transmit the organism from one individual to another.

Factors that make some women more likely to have a chlamydia infection are as follows:

  • being sexually active and younger than 20 years old
  • having a low socioeconomic status
  • not using barrier methods of contraception, such as condoms
  • having more than one sexual partner
  • using oral contraceptives
  • having sex with a partner who previously has had a sexually transmitted disease
  • having sex with a male who has a chlamydia infection of the urinary tract


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    Chlamydia Infection in Females: Symptoms & Signs

    Author: Eva Martin, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 07/13/01

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