Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection. It is caused by a bacterium which infects both males and females. Gonorrhea can be transmitted through anal, vulva, and oral intercourse. This STI can affect the throat, urethra, and rectum. Though in females, it can also infect their cervix.
Gonorrhea in Men
Firstly a man infected with gonorrhea doesn't show symptoms. Rather the symptoms show up between 2-14 days after having intercourse with an infected person. Sometimes the symptoms may even show up weeks later. But if you're infected; not treating it can result to further health complications.
Painful urination and abnormal discharge from the male private organ
Pain in the lower abdomen or pelvis
Frequent urge to urinate
Pain during intercourse
Fever, pus, or sore throat
In males, untreated gonorrhea can cause a man to be sterile. And hinder him from fathering a child. In rare cases, untreated gonorrhea could also penetrate into your blood and joints which could be life- threatening.
Gonorrhea in Women
Just like in men, gonorrhea also does not show symptoms in women. However the incubation period (the time from exposure to the bacteria until symptoms develop) of gonorrhea in a woman is 2-5 days. Then sometimes symptoms might show up at 30 days.
Pain in the lower abdomen and pelvis.
Burning and painful sensation while urinating.
Itching and abnormal discharge from the vulva.
Redness and swelling at private part.
Frequent urge to urinate.
Pain during intercourse.
Fever, sore throat, or pus.
In women, delayed treatment of gonorrhea could spread into their fallopian tubes and uterus. Then result in pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID can cause chronic pelvic pain and internal abscesses. According to Healthline, " Women may also develop blocking or scarring of the fallopian tubes, which can prevent future pregnancy or cause ectopic pregnancy."
Unfortunately babies of infected mothers get infected during childbirth. And the gonorrhea most often affects the babies' eyes.
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