July 13th, 2011 |
Knowing what to expect from a Chlamydia test (how it feels) can make a huge difference in the attitude of someone getting ready to be tested. Fear of pain keeps many people away from the dentist’s office, and the same apprehension might prevent people from getting the STD testing they need.
So what about the Chlamydia test? How it feels depends on two major factors: your gender and the type of Chlamydia test you take.
The Chlamydia Test: How it Feels for Women
Here’s what women can expect from a Chlamydia test that uses a body fluid sample:
- Slight discomfort during collection of the sample. The doctor takes a swab from the cervical wall.
- Quick recovery. Once the procedure is over, no lingering effects should prevent women from going about their ordinary activities.
Chlamydia tests that use a urine sample are even less intrusive: providing the specimen is as easy as using the bathroom.
The Chlamydia Test: How it Feels for Men
A body fluid Chlamydia test for men can take one of two forms:
- Urethral swab: If the doctor follows this method, he will insert a swab into the urethra and hold it there for approximately a minute to ensure that it collects enough fluid to test. This procedure is generally considered unpleasant but not actually painful.
- Rectal swab: This method requires a swab of the rectum. As with the urethral swab, most men do not find this very painful.
Know What to Expect from Your Chlamydia Test
Before taking an STD test of any kind, it’s important to consult with your doctor to find out how you’re expected to prepare.
July 13th, 2011 |
The question of how to prepare for Chlamydia testing is a common one among those who have never had a Chlamydia test. And it’s an important one to ask: knowing how to prepare for Chlamydia testing empowers you to take charge of your sexual health.
So what steps can you take so that you know how to prepare for Chlamydia testing? Here’s a guide.
Know Your Test to Know How to Prepare for Chlamydia Testing
In order to properly prepare for a Chlamydia test, it’s essential to know what STD testing method to expect. Chlamydia testing relies on two main methods:
- Urine samples. Like urine sample tests for other conditions, a urine sample to test for Chlamydia is as simple as it sounds. In order to prepare for Chlamydia testing via urine, both women and men are encouraged to refrain from using the bathroom for two hours before providing a sample. This precaution is to ensure that any Chlamydia bacteria present aren’t flushed from the system before the test.
- Direct sample (body fluid) tests. This type of Chlamydia test requires a sample of body fluid from the area directly affected by Chlamydia. In the vast majority of cases, that means the genitals. To prepare for a direct sample test, women are asked not to have vaginal sex, douche or use vaginal creams for 24 hours preceding the test. Men are asked not to urinate for at least an hour prior to testing. Samples are generally collected from a woman’s cervical wall and from a man’s urethra.
Going into an exam with the confidence that comes from knowing what to expect is a great way to get on the path toward a clean bill of sexual health.
July 13th, 2011 |
Preventing Chlamydia can have benefits in the short and long term. Untreated Chlamydia, for example, can cause infertility and, in women, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). Luckily, preventing Chlamydia doesn’t require any special knowledge or medical secrets.
Here’s a look at what the CDC recommends for preventing Chlamydia.
Strategies for Preventing Chlamydia
- Abstaining from sex: While this method isn’t realistic for many people, it’s important to note that it’s the only surefire way to avoid contracting Chlamydia.
- Maintaining a monogamous relationship: Assuming both partners have tested negative for Chlamydia or gotten treatment for a Chlamydia infection, monogamy is effective at preventing the STD.
- Keeping up on STD testing: The CDC suggests an annual Chlamydia test for sexually active adults. If you have multiple partners or unprotected sex, the CDC recommends more (a doctor can give you an idea of how often you should be getting a Chlamydia test).
- Protecting yourself: Using condoms correctly and consistently can go a long way toward preventing Chlamydia.
- Protecting your partner(s): If you’re waiting for the results of a Chlamydia test, wait until you get the results to resume sexual activity. And if you test positive, take the full course of antibiotics before having sex again.
- Getting treated: The good news about Chlamydia is that it’s easy to cure with antibiotics. But in order to make sure the infection leaves your system completely, it’s essential to follow the instructions for how to take the medicine.
Preventing Chlamydia isn’t hard, but it is a partner effort. Make sure you communicate your expectations with your partner(s) so that both of you can maintain prime sexual health.