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Can chlamydia cause permanent damage?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Most people who are treated for chlamydia early in its development don't have any lasting symptoms. However, if chlamydia is left untreated, it may cause severe permanent damage. In women, untreated chlamydia can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which causes scarring of the uterus and fallopian tubes and can lead to complications during pregnancy and even infertility. Men may develop other severe infections that may cause infertility if left untreated. Other complications may include severe infection, and, in babies, blindness. Because of these risks of permanent damage, it's important to talk to your doctor as soon as you notice symptoms.

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