How to Avoid Infertility? (Cont’d)

December 3, 2000

Signs to look for are:In females
  • A new or different discharge from the vagina
  • A burning feeling when urinating
  • A pain in the abdomen, sometimes with fever and chills
  • A pain during sex
  • Inflammation of the rectum or cervix
  • Spotting between your period or after intercourse

In males

  • A watery or milky discharge from the penis
  • An itchy feeling inside the penis
  • A burning feeling when urinating
  • Swelling or pain in the testicles

How is it spread?

Usually through vaginal and anal intercourse, from the birth canal to the fetus and rarely from the hand to the eye. The best way to protect yourself from this sometimes-silent STD is to wear condoms anytime you have sex.


There are two kinds of tests for chlamydia. One involves collecting a small amount of fluid from an infected site (cervix or penis) with a cotton swab. These tests are universally available. New tests, which use only urine samples, will be available soon and will make testing much easier and less painful.

Where to go for help:

Women’s Health Information

ACT – (02) 6205 1076

QLD – 1800 177 577

NSW – 1800 817 227

VIC – 1800 136 570

TAS – 1800 001 377

SA – 1800 188 158

WA – (08) 9222 2870

For a true life story:

Kate’s Story

To ensure you don’t get it:

Safe Sex Tips

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