Chlamydia

Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the UK. Dr Fox provides confidential chlamydia test and doxycycline antibiotic for chlamydia.

Read medical information and answer medical questions to buy treatment online.

Medical information

Written and reviewed by a team of doctors. Dr Fox is regulated by the CQC, GPhC, & MHRA. Service rated 'Excellent' by patients.

Chlamydia is the UK's most common STD

Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the UK, affecting approximately 1 in 12 young people. The highest prevalence is in those aged 15 to 24 years.

Chlamydia in men is most commonly an infection of the urethra (where urine comes out). In women it is most commonly an infection of the neck of the womb (inside the vigina). Infection can also occur in the anus, mouth, and even eyes.

People who have the infection may not know they have it, particularly women, in whom symptoms are often absent. Most people with infection are unaware of it.

Chlamydia can cause long term complications. In women this can include pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), tubal infertility, and ectopic pregnancy. Men with active infection may have reduced sperm quality, although this recovers when infection is treated.

Chlamydia infection is often associated with other sexually transmitted diseases. In men who have sex with men there is an increased risk of HIV. If a chlamydia test is positive, a full range of tests for other sexually transmitted diseases should be undertaken.

Chlamydia is spread mainly by penetrative sexual intercourse, although the exact details are not fully understood. It is considered highly infectious. It can spread through oral sex. The infection can sometimes be detected in the conjunctiva of the eyes and in the lining of the mouth, even where there is no genital infection.

The use of condoms, femidoms, and dental dams reduces the chance of infection, but does not eliminate it completely.

Untreated chlamydia sometimes clears on its own, with 50% resolving after 12 months. This is not a reason to delay or avoid treatment.

Confidential chlamydia self-testing

  • Sexually active people should test every year and when they have a new partner. Annual HIV testing should also be carried out for those at risk.
  • A chlamydia test kit can be ordered through the post. Testing is carried out on a urine sample in men, whilst in women testing is carried out on a self-taken vaginal swab.
  • Post the sample to the lab in the envelope provided.
  • A few days later the result is posted, or emailed back to you.

People under 25, and in some areas people over 25, can arrange a test via the National Chlamydia Screening Program. GPs, genito-urinary medicine clinics, and some walk-in centres can provide tests and treatment.

Antibiotic chlamydia treatment

Chlamydia is usually treated with the antibiotic doxycycline 100mg taken twice daily for 7 days. This treatment is about 98% effective in eliminating infection. The course of treatment must be completed.

  • Avoid sexual contact whilst taking doxycycline and for 7 days afterwards, until no longer infectious.
  • People with a positive chlamydia test and their sexual partners should be treated, at the same time if possible.
  • Tests take 5 weeks to go negative after chlamydia has been successfully treated.

Side effects

Serious side effects of doxycycline are unusual. The most frequent being upset stomach, nausea, and diarrhoea. Less common is benign intracranial hypertension (BIH) with symptoms of headache and blurred vision. Doxycycline can cause light sensitivity. Strong sun and sun beds should be avoided whilst doxycycline is being taken.

For a full list of side effects please read the doxycycline 100mg patient information leaflet.

Cautions - when not to self-treat

Men who have a thick or bloody discharge from the penis with soreness or inflammation and women with heavy offensive vaginal discharge or irregular bleeding and low abdominal pain should see their regular doctor. Discharge is mucus like fluid coming from the end of the penis, vagina, or anus.

Doxycycline is not suitable for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, nor people with liver disease, systemic lupus erythematosus, myasthenia gravis, or porphyria.

Alternative treatment

Alternative antibiotics (not available from Dr Fox), include azithromycin and ofloxacin. These antibiotics are an option in people who cannot take doxycycline.

Chlamydia symptoms

Half of men and the majority of women have no symptoms.

Chlamydia does not usually produce open sores or blisters. If these are present a GP or genitourinary clinic should be consulted.

Women

The majority of infections in women are asymptomatic (without any symptoms). When there are symptoms these could include:

  • Increased vaginal discharge
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Heavier periods
  • Pain (and/or bleeding) during sex
  • Bleeding after sex

Men

Symptoms in men may be so mild as to go unnoticed. Where symptoms are present these could include:

  • A white/cloudy or watery discharge from the penis
  • Burning and itching in the genital area
  • Pain when passing urine
  • Painful swelling of the testicles (epididymitis)
  • Anal pain and inflamation (proctitis)

Both men and women: non-genital symptoms

  • If the infection is in the rectum/anus there are rarely any symptoms although there can sometimes be discomfort and discharges.
  • Infection in the eyes, which is usually a sexually acquired infection, can cause pain swelling, irritation, and discharge. This can be in one eye or both.
  • Infection in the throat isn't common and doesn't usually produce symptoms.

Complications and long term effects of infection

Possible complications of infection in women include pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), salpingitis, endometritis, tubal infertility, ectopic pregnancy, sexually acquired reactive arthritis (SARA) (<1%), and perihepatitis.

Complications in men include SARA and epididymo-orchitis.


Antibiotic guardianship

Antibiotic Guardian logo

To combat antibiotic resistance please:

  • Only use antibiotics when needed
  • Never share antibiotics
  • Always complete course as instructed
  • Take unused medicine to local pharmacy for disposal

Buy treatment

Dr Fox supplies treatment on prescription – you are required to answer a short medical questionnaire before your order can be completed.

Dr Tony Steele

Authored 18 February 2010 by Dr Tony Steele
Last updated 3 October 2019

Reviewed by Dr B. Babor, Dr A. Wood, Dr P. Hunt
Last reviewed 25 June 2019

References

Treatment available

Prices
Doxycycline

Doxycycline 100mg (7 day course)

14 capsules (twice daily for 7 days): £6.50

Buy treatment

Prices

Cystitis antibiotic Quantity Cost
Doxycycline 100mg 14 capsules (1 course of treatment) £6.50

Price match guaranteePrice match guarantee
Prescription issued online - small prescription fee per order.

Compare prices: Dr Fox prices are 25%-50% lower cost than other online clinics.

Prescription fees

Dr Fox supplies medicine on prescription and charges a small prescription fee based on the order value of each prescription.

Prescriptions are issued by our doctors online and sent electronically to our pharmacy.

If you have your own private or NHS paper prescription please post to our pharmacy (details).

Dr Fox prices are 25%–50% lower than other UK online clinics.

Order value Prescription fee
up to £10 £1.00
up to £20 £2.00
up to £40 £3.00
over £40 £4.00
Comparative costs of chlamydia treatment from UK online clinics (19 July 2019) - qualifying notes
*Dr Fox adds a small prescription fee not included in table above.
  1. The prices shown are listed by the online clinics named after a customer first enters consultation information and is offered prescriptions. It is possible these clinics may have special offers or lower prices for repeat supplies.
  2. Prices may change and are, to the best of our knowledge, accurate on the date stated. All products in stock and new condition.
  3. Dr Fox does NOT claim to provide a superior service to any of the online clinics listed. All the clinics listed, as far as we can tell, comply with all regulation and, as far as we can tell, operate to high ethical standards.
  4. Dr Fox adds a small prescription fee not included in the table (between £1 and £4 depending on value of the order).
  5. To amend the information in this table please contact us
  6. The prices listed in the table do not identify the cost of prescription medicine as online clinics charge a single fee to cover services which includes advice, consultations, prescriptions and dispensing and supply of treatments.
  7. Where services include free delivery this is using the slowest delivery option available. Dr Fox uses Royal Mail Tracked 24.
Chlamydia antibiotic Dr Fox* Zava Superdrug Dr Felix Simple Pharmacy Lloyds Independent Pharmacy
Doxycycline 100mg x 14 £6.50 £18.00 £20.00 £8.95 £13.50 £18.00 £18.99
UK delivery £2.90 included included £2.95 £3.20 included £2.95

Delivery charges

UK delivery only: £2.90 per consultation via Royal Mail 24 Signed For (1-3 working days with tracking).

Parcel forwarding services are not permitted. Use only UK home or work delivery address.

Returns and refunds - unwanted items can be returned within 14 working days for a full refund.

  1. Medical questions
  2. Choose treatment
  3. Complete order

Answer medical questions to order(chlamydia)

Have you read the medical information?

Please read the chlamydia medical information.

Are you allergic to doxycycline or tetracycline?

Have you or a sexual parter of yours had a positive chlamydia test?

Have you been diagnosed with liver disease?

Are you pregnant or breast-feeding or planning to become pregnant whilst taking doxycycline?

Are you taking any of the following medicines?

  • Warfarin or other anticoagulants (for thinning the blood)
  • Penicillin (antibiotic - avoid with doxycycline)
  • Phenobarbital or Carbamazepine or Phenytoin or Primidone (for epilepsy or fits)
  • Ciclosporin (suppresses immunity - rarely used)

Are you aware you should refrain from sexual contact for 7 days after treatment has been completed, until no longer infectious?

Are you aware, after treatment, it may take up to 14 days for symptoms to go?

If symptoms remain after 14 days see your doctor or specialist clinic.

Are you aware doxycycline does not treat all sexually transmitted disease?

Are you aware, where possible, you should inform sexual partner(s) of your need for chlamydia treatment?

Do you have any further medical information or questions?

Is there anything you do not understand or do you need further help?

Do the following apply to you?

  • I will read the information leaflet supplied with the tablets
  • The medication is for my own use (partners and contacts MUST order separately)
  • I am over 18 (younger people can get treatment through the National Chlamydia Screening Program)
  • I agree to the terms & conditions, privacy policy, & data sharing policy

The order process

Answer short medical questionnaire

Choose treatment, register, and pay

Doctor issues prescription online

Medicine posted direct from pharmacy


Recent reviews

“All aspects of service were faultless as always. A very professional organisation.”13 November 2019 – IB R., Nottingham

“once again delivery in good time and splendid product”12 November 2019 – Wells Northants W., Northamapton

“Fantastic service and products. You have probably saved my marriage”12 November 2019 – Anonymous

“If only all online services were as good as Dr Fox”12 November 2019 – Brian H., Skipton

“Excellent quick service”12 November 2019 – Anonymous

“Excellent service and medication.”12 November 2019 – Mark N., Tonbridge

“Excellent efficient service. Thank you.”04 November 2019 – Anonymous

“Great service”12 November 2019 – Anonymous

“Fast delivery hard to beat.”12 November 2019 – john s., telford

“Excellent service. I would highly recommend”12 November 2019 – Happie M., Southampton

Trusted Shops logo Read all reviews

Independent reviews from Trusted Shops