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I was diagnosed with Chlamydia after having two births and…

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I was diagnosed with Chlamydia after having two births and being married and faithful for over 10 years but prior to meeting my husband had some bad relationships. Is it possible for me to have had Chlamydia all these years and never known?

Doctor's Assistant: What are all the symptoms you're experiencing (e.g. loss of appetite, fever, rash)?

None, was just diagnosed after dr did a culture scrape. It was an infertility Dr as we’ve been trying to conceive a third baby for 2.5 years with no success!

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

No, we are just so surprised! My husband had testicle problems off and in over the years but we didn’t pursue any medical help

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Doctor: Richard Han, Board Certified MD replied 3 months ago
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Hello my name is***** am a board-certified physician with over 15 years of clinical experience and I am here to help you. Medically speaking, it would not be possible for you to have had chlamydia for over 10 years with no symptoms and not finding out about it up until now. With each of your previous two pregnancies, assuming you received routine prenatal care, your OB/GYN would have done screening tests each time for both gonorrhea and chlamydia as a part of standard care. Can I answer anything else for you today?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
I’m unsure if they did these screenings.
Doctor: Richard Han, Board Certified MD replied 3 months ago

I understand, many patients during prenatal care are not aware of all the screening tests done prior to delivering the baby. Within the past 10 years, the standard of care for all prenatal caregivers is to routinely perform those screening tests, as is blood testing for syphilis, blood type, rubella immunity and checking for group B strep colonization of the vaginal tract. You could request your records from the OB that delivered your two children to confirm that these routine screens were done, if you wish, but in my medical opinion, they almost definitely were performed. Any other questions?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Could this explain our current problem with trying to conceive? If it’s been dormant for so long, the internal damage could cause this.
Doctor: Richard Han, Board Certified MD replied 3 months ago

There are many possibilities that make may conception difficult. Any previous pelvic inflammatory disease from old infections could have caused internal damage, but you have already had two healthy pregnancies and children, so this seems unlikely. Chlamydia does not typically cause a "dormant" infection with no symptoms and remain un-diagnosed with normal prenatal screening tests.

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