Gonorrhea Risks and Complications

If gonorrhea is left untreated, the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhea can spread to the reproductive system and cause reproductive health complications for both men and women. The most common complications linked with gonorrhea are:

  1. gonorrhea risksInfertility in women: When gonorrhea is not treated, the bacteria can possibly spread to the uterus and fallopian tubes which can cause pelvic inflammatory disease or PID. This disease can lead to ectopic pregnancies (pregnancy outside the uterus), miscarriage, or worst, PID can cause infertility.
  1. Chronic pelvic pain in women: This condition in women refers to pain in the lower part of the abdomen and between the hips.
  1. Infertility in men: Men with gonorrhea can possibly be infertile due to a medical condition called epididymitis. It is characterized by a discomfort, pain, or inflammation in the epididymis. Although epididymitis is curable, if left untreated, it can lead to infertility.
  1. Inflammation of the prostate: Prostatitis is a condition in men where the prostate glands are highly swollen and cause pain.
  1. Infection in other parts of the body: Gonorrhea can also spread to other parts of the body through the bloodstream and cause infection. The most common parts of the body infected are the joints and skin. This may cause fever, skin rash and sores, and joint pains.
  1. HIV/AIDS: Just like any other sexually transmitted disease, if gonorrhea is left untreated, there is a high risk of acquiring HIV which can lead to AIDS.
  1. Complications in babies during childbirth: If a pregnant woman is positive for gonorrhea, left untreated and delivers her baby, the baby may acquire a complication known as gonococcal neonatal conjunctivitis. It is a condition where the baby’s eyes become contaminated right after delivery.

To avoid these gonorrhea risks and complications from happening, it is best to identify the symptoms of gonorrhea and be tested in your nearest STD testing center right away.