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Chlamydia Santa Monica, CA

Men and women can get chlamydia, a common sexually transmitted disease. Left untreated, chlamydia can seriously and permanently affect a woman’s reproductive system, making it impossible or difficult for her to get pregnant. This STD is also a cause for some ectopic pregnancies, which is a pregnancy that occurs outside the womb. These types of pregnancies can be fatal.

A laboratory test can determine if you have been infected with chlamydia. You may need to provide a urine sample. Women may get a sample from the vagina with a cotton swab. Men may provide a sample from the urethra, or tip of the penis. Patients who have participated in anal or oral sex should submit a sample taken from the anus or throat, respectively.

If you are found to be positive for the disease, you will be prescribed medication. It is important that you take the medication as directed to stop the infection. For women, this will also lower your chances of having reproductive health complications later. For men and women, it is also important that you inform your sexual partners, so they can also be tested for the disease.

Symptoms of Chlamydia

Chlamydia is one of the STDs that does not immediately show symptoms. Any indication that you have the disease may not surface until several weeks after exposure. Women who have the disease and are unaware are subject to reproductive problems later.

Women who do have symptoms may notice a smelly discharge from the vagina. Sometimes a burning sensation while urinating is also a clue. There may be pain during sex, especially in the lower abdomen. There may also be bleeding afterward. Other symptoms include pain, discharge or bleeding in the anus. Spotting between periods and heavier periods are additional symptoms.

Symptoms in men include a discharge from the penis. This can be cloudy, white or watery. Men may also experience pain during urination or pain, discharge or bleeding from the anus. Pain or swelling in the testicles is another symptom.

Chlamydia can cause serious reproductive health problems in women. Testing can provide prompt treatment options. Contact Dr. Michael for testing and information about STDs. Make your appointment today.

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Brent J. Michael, MD

4.7 / 5.0

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Tammy Siever

Dr. Michael is the most Caring Dr. I have had the privilege of having taking care of my health needs. His calm and personal demeanor is above and beyond what I have ever experienced. I have never had issues with the the waiting time but, if ever I did I would not complain because he is worth the wait. I get his complete attention the entire visit. When I leave I feel very confident that he has completely covered my heath needs from head to toe. I would recommend him to anyone who wants is concerned or wants a Dr. to be concerned about their health.

Gianpaolo von Nacher

Dr. Michael has been our family doctor for over 10 years. He has always been the main pillar in our family care; specially a few years ago when my father wouldn’t have been able to get through a very difficult period without his care. He always goes the extra mile. His staff is amazing. Anita, his nurse, always efficient, loving and caring. Aileen, in the front desk, always responsive and helpful. I’m very grateful to have them on our side.

Mark B

I could literally write pages about Dr. Michael. I thankfully met him and his staff over 13 years ago after I had been suffering from a serious lung infection for over a month that 2 other doctors had missed.- 1 due to being totally arrogant and thinking I just had a cold. I was burning up and so sick I could barely walk. Dr. Michael took the time and actually listened to me - instead of just saying its probably just the flu (as the other doctors had done) or just a cold and sending me home, he actually did a complete physical on me an then had the intuition to order a chest x ray on me (I was not even coughing at the time) and then really looked at it and discovered that I actually had a really serious lung infection and started me on antibiotics. While this may sound like no big deal - it actually was, as he actually saw that it was not a normal looking lung infection and I later learned he went above and beyond and had a infectious disease specialist look at the x ray just to be safe and as he suspected it was even more serious. Since that day he has always been my main doctor. I would also like to add that I have a serious long term health condition and most doctors would generally attribute many of my current and past health issues to my main condition (it usually is the case) but Dr. Michael always looks at whatever is happening to me at the moment as if I was a new patient. This is probably his biggest talent and gift as a doctor as he has on more than one occasion over the years thought outside the box with me and has figured out quickly why I was sick at the time - sometimes it was minor but more than a few times it was really serious. His quick way of thinking and knowledge and intuition is what kept me from getting sicker and going into the hospital. If you are looking for a doctor that actually treats you like a person and not a number then see this man. I am not a celebrity or a wealthy person - far from it - but he treats me like I am - many Vets like myself go to the VA and its a great blessing but I just do not have the energy to go there as its so big. Dr. Michael is seriously brilliant and really patient and I am truly thankful I found him.

Edward Dragavon

Dr. Michael takes the time to explain the meaning of medical terms and test results in a way that a lay person can understand. He is very thorough and answers any question that you may have. His staff is also very professional and competent at their tasks. Given a choice, I wouldn't go anywhere else.

Tim Whalen

Dr. Michael is an intelligent caring human being who is focused on positive outcomes. He has a great ability to synthesize the details of lab results and other tests into preventive measures. I greatly respect his approach to care.

William Barry

A very smart and caring doctor. Very intuitive and yet he will base his decisions on test data. Patient for over 10 years. 5 stars

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Brent J. Michael, MD

2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 1260W
Santa Monica, CA 90404

310-829-7777

310-829-9951

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