Does chlamydia affect emergency contraception?
No – if you know or think you have chlamydia, you can still use emergency contraception. Emergency contraception does not protect you against STI’s and you would still need to get tested if you are concerned.
Can I get pregnant if I have chlamydia? – yes, in many cases chlamydia causes no symptoms and you may not even know you have it when you become pregnant. Chlamydia can affect your ability to get pregnant especially if it is left untreated in the long term. Chlamydia is one of the most common causes of PID.
Should I wait until chlamydia is cured before using emergency contraception? – you should not wait, because the time you are required to usually wait before getting tested for chlamydia is longer than the time frame in which you need to take emergency contraception for it to be effective.
Some emergency contraception only works if it is taken within a certain time frame (between 3 – 5 days) after unprotected sex. If you want to use it then you should take it as soon as possible after unprotected sex.
When can I start having sex again? – if you are being treated for chlamydia, then you are advised to wait until you and your partners treatment is finished and ideally for 7 days after that before having sex.
How does chlamydia affect an abortion? – any infected cells in your vagina can travel up to your uterus before an abortion, so it is important to treat chlamydia before. Speak to your doctor of you are considering an abortion. You should get checked for STI’s including chlamydia before you have an abortion.