Though Chlamydia is among the most common of sexually transmitted diseases, recent research shows that it could be responsible for causing more damage than previously thought to be the case – Chlamydia could increase risk of ectopic pregnancy among women, researchers have found.

ectopic pregnancyA protein called PROKR2 is more likely to be present in the fallopian tubes of women who have this sexually transmitted infection as well as those women who smoke.

Women who smoke have double the chance of having this protein in their fallopian tubes, which could lead to this potentially deadly pregnancy complication.

Chlamydia also can cause a blockage in the fallopian tubes that may result in infertility.

The problem with Chlamydia is that it often goes undetected because it often displays no symptoms; however it can raise ectopic pregnancy risk even so, according to Dr Andrew Horne, of the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Reproductive Biology.

Experts are hopeful that this research will help to shed light on how Chlamydia originates so that effective solutions can be offered to the problem. This research will also help educate women about the risk connected to this sexually transmitted infection and consequent complications.