Few of its symptoms are vaginal discharge, lower abdominal pain, and light vaginal bleeding during periods. Chlamydia infection, if not detected in the early stages, can cause long lasting effects on the body especially with regard to fertility. Inflammation inside the fallopian tubes is known to cause such damage that the functional capability of the tubes is seriously compromised. This might result in permanent scarring of the tubes leading to an increased risk of ectopic pregnancy and even complete inability to conceive naturally. Pelvic Inflammatory disease (PID) causes chronic pelvic pain or pain during intercourse. Both of these symptoms can cause long term problems.
In some women the fallopian tubes can also get damaged. In ectopic pregnancy even if the affected tube is removed, a women still remains at the risk of ectopic pregnancy in the remaining tube.
A damage caused by the inflammation from the infection is not usually amenable to corrective surgery. In some women the inability to conceive can be present and after a thorough check up it can be discovered that due to the infection the tubes have been damaged, blocked or become non functional. This infection is caused by having unprotected sexual intercourse, or having sex with multiple partners.
There are many ways to test for Chlamydia. Even a self test can be done for Chlamydia. In order to avoid facing such extreme conditions as infertility, it is best to be vigilant and take proper care and treatment.