Gonorrhea Symptoms

Gonorrhea usually does not show any symptoms, especially in women. About eighty percent of women with gonorrhea experience no symptoms at all. Some may have very mild and unnoticeable symptoms that they may think they have a vaginal infection or urinary tract infection. On the other hand, only ten percent of men have no symptoms. Thus, for most men who develop symptoms of gonorrhea, the symptoms are very much obvious that they may opt to seek medical help right away.

gonorrhea symptomsOnce infected with the bacteria, it may take less than a week or up to a month for the symptoms to develop although this can vary from person to person. Sometimes, gonorrhea symptoms only develop when the infection has already contaminated other parts of the body and cause complications.

Symptoms in men and women may include the following:

  • Pain or discomfort while urinating
  • More frequent urination
  • Abnormal and smelly discharge from the vagina or penis (clear, yellowish, greenish, or sometimes with blood)
  • Itch in the genitals
  • Pain or swelling in the genitals
  • Itch, bleeding, or discharge in the anus
  • Painful bowel movement
  • Fever and fatigue

Once the infection has reached the uterus and fallopian tubes, the following symptoms may develop:

  • Irregular menstruation for women
  • Bleeding in between menstrual periods
  • Painful sexual intercourse
  • Bleeding during or after sexual intercourse
  • Lower abdominal pain

Other symptoms may also develop in some exceptional cases such as:

  • Sore throat or swollen lymph nodes
  • Redness, itching, or discharge from the eyes

If you notice any of the listed symptoms or your partner has noticeable gonorrhea symptoms, request for a Gonorrhea Test right away. To prevent further risks and complications, abstain from any sexual activities until you have taken necessary medication.