Chlamydia Testing – Cervical Chlamydia Swab Test
The Cervical Chlamydia swab test is available from the women well woman clinic that we operate at Broadgate Walk-In Clinic London Wall. No prior appointment is necessary, so if you live and work here in the city of London, using the walk-in service that we offer here at our private clinic could be most convenient way of fitting the test into your busy work schedule.
What is Chlamydia?
Chlamydia is one of the commonest STI’s (Sexually Transmitted Infections) here in the UK. Statistics on the NHS website show that in 2013 in excess of 200,000 people tested positive for the disease.
What the Cervical Chlamydia swab test involves
As a woman, the only true way of establishing whether or not you have a Chlamydia infection is to have the Cervical Chlamydia swab test. This is especially true if you present no symptoms.
The Cervical Chlamydia swab test is carried out by passing a cotton bud across the affected area. This usually means the inside of the vagina, although in some instances the infection can also be in the anus in which case it is the inside of the anus that needs to be swabbed. You can either perform this swab test yourself and take the swab to your GP; a sexual health clinic; or a GUM clinic, for testing, or have the swab test performed by a professional medical person at these same venues.
Self testing and the National Chlamydia Screening Programme
You can also purchase cervical Chlamydia swab test kits from most pharmacies including the in-house pharmacy that we operate here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall. It should be noted however that the tests are not always accurate.
If you are under the age of 25 you are entitled to be tested under the National Chlamydia Screening Programme (NSCP). You can locate the nearest test facility to you by visiting the NCSP website.
Who is most at risk from Chlamydia?
A Chlamydia infection is passed from person to person via unprotected sex; that is having sex without a condom. Instances of Chlamydia are predominant in young people below the age of 25; in fact over 70% of the people who tested positive for Chlamydia were in this age group.
Chlamydia is often a symptomless disease
One of the biggest problems with a Chlamydia infection is that often it presents no symptoms. If you are one of the people who do present symptoms, they usually manifest themselves somewhere between one and three weeks from the time of the initial infection. However, sometimes symptoms do not develop until several months after the initial infection.
In many instances the symptoms vanish after a few short days; however this does not mean that the infection has cleared up. The chances are that even if you are symptomless, you will still probably be infected, and if you are, you can pass the infection on through having unprotected sex.
Symptoms of Chlamydia in women
Approximately 70% of women infected with Chlamydia do not present any symptoms, however when they do present symptoms the most common include:
- Bleeding after or during sex
- Bleeding in between periods
- Experiencing heavier periods than normal
- Pain during sex
- Pain in the stomach and/or pelvis
- Pain when urinating
- Experiencing an unusual discharge from the vagina
If a Chlamydia infection goes untreated, it is possible that it can spread to the womb where it may cause a serious medical condition known as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Where this occurs it can lead to an ectopic pregnancy, and in some instances, infertility.
Using the private women health services of Broadgate Clinic London Wall
If you live and/or work in the city of London, and you prefer the surroundings of a private clinic, you can make use of the women health services we offer here at Broadgate Clinic London wall. This is a walk-in service which needs no prior appointment.