The X-Diaries; That one time I got Chlamydia

I can remember gripping my stomach in pain and forcing him off of me. Not understanding what was going on with my body because I had never had an STD before. All I knew is that sex was extremely painful. Throughout the July 4th weekend the pain continued. I thought maybe it was a UTI. I had been at a wedding the previous week and hadn’t felt this pain. We were having sex once I was back in LA and I had to push him off of me. My lower stomach in excruciating pain. Doubled over on my bed confused by what was going on. He watched me. Watched me physically hunch over because it hurt too much to stand up straight. Watched me have to sit down at a party because my ovaries felt like they were experiencing the worst cramps of their lifetime. He listened to me complain about how much my lower abdomen and ovaries hurt. I decided to go to the doctor the following week of that 4th of July to get tested. Thinking my fibroids or cysts on my ovaries were acting up. I was thinking maybe I needed to get on birth control to get them to subside. The doctor also tested me for STD’s and ran a blood test like they normally do when you're in to see a doctor for your lady parts. A few days later I got a phone call saying I had chlamydia. I was in shock. I felt gross and disgusting and remember not wanting to tell my boyfriend that I had a STD. Calling one of my best friends crying. When I pulled him outside to our balcony and told him the news he was extremely calm. He didn’t accuse me of cheating, he didn’t even question me, all he said was that it was okay and that we would take care of it. I asked why he was so calm and not accusing me at all of doing something and he replied with "one of us has to be". And I stupidly believed him. I trusted that this man was my best friend and partner. When deep down he knew I was suffering because of a decision he made in Vegas a few months back. I traced back to before I met him. To before I moved to LA. When I lived in Houston I had a few hookups. Maybe it was me I thought, I even apologized to him. Taking the blame, and he allowed me to. He even said maybe it was from someone he had hooked up with right before we got together. And I of course wanting to believe this man was a man of his word. I chose to stay, when in reality I should’ve been running for the door and never looking back.

Chlamydia Facts

-Chlamydia does not go away on its own. That is a myth and a dangerous one at that.

-Chlamydia can cause long-term problems if left untreated for women.

It can cause serious, permanent damage to a woman’s reproductive system. This can make it difficult or impossible for her to get pregnant later on. Chlamydia can also cause a potentially fatal ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy that occurs outside the womb).

-For women, one of the most serious consequence of chlamydia is pelvic inflammatory disease, or PID. PID occurs when a bacterial infection, such as an untreated chlamydia infection, moves into the upper reproductive tract. The uterus, fallopian tubes, and surrounding areas may become swollen, scarred, or filled with pus. PID can sometimes be treated with antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs. Other times surgery is necessary to clear out the consequences of the ascending infection. Scar tissue might need to be removed. Sometimes, the infection also needs to be surgically drained.

-Pelvic inflammatory disease is the leading causes of preventable infertility in the United States. Each episode of PID increases a woman’s risk of becoming infertile. It is also associated with: ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy in the fallopian tubes instead of the uterus), chronic pelvic pain, and even death.

-Chlamydia can lie dormant in the body for many years causing a low-grade infection without any symptoms.

I had it for about two months before my symptoms showed up.

-Chlamydia is labeled as a silent killer STD.

About 75% of women infected by the disease do not experience any symptoms. Almost 50% of men infected have no symptoms.

-In women symptoms can include whitish to yellowish vaginal discharge, abnormal menstrual bleeding (including bleeding between menstrual periods), unusually painful menstrual periods, painful sexual intercourse, painful or more frequent urination, and fever. Some women also experience lower abdominal discomfort.

I highly recommend you get tested regularly if you are sexually active. I never thought that I would contract a STD while in a relationship because the point of a relationship is monogamy but that wasn't the case in my situation. Don't be ashamed of asking your sexual partner or the person you are in a relationship to get tested. While you are sexually active or even before you guys have taken that step. At the end of the day and as corny as it sounds it is your sex life. And it is your body and your health!

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