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Most people who have gonorrhea do not have symptoms. If symptoms do occur, they may appear 1-14 days of exposure. In some cases, symptoms do not occur for up to a month.
Symptoms in men may include:
Discharge from the penis
Burning sensation while urinating
Itching sensation in urethra
Symptoms in women may include:
Burning sensation while urinating
Abnormal vaginal discharge
Unusual vaginal bleeding
Symptoms in men and women with rectal infections may include:
Painful bowel movements
Gonorrhea can also cause serious health complications.
Complications in men include:
—A painful swelling and inflammation of the testicles, which may lead to infertility.
—The inside of the urethra may become inflamed, which causes burning when passing urine. If scarring occurs, it may cause difficulty with passing urine, or block urine flow completely.
—An inflammation of the prostate gland. Symptoms include pain in and around the groin and pelvis, or discomfort when urinating. It may also create flu-like symptoms, such as fever, chills, body aches, or fatigue.
Complications in women include:
Pelvic inflammatory disease
(PID)—A serious infection that can lead to
infertility, even in women who never have symptoms. If symptoms do occur, they may include pelvic pain and pain with intercourse. PID causes scar tissue, or may cause an abscess to form, in the fallopian tubes.
Infection in a newborn infant if you are infected during pregnancy.
Gonorrhea is treated with antibiotics. Some strains of gonorrhea have developed resistance to certain antibiotics. You and your doctor will work together to find an antibiotic that is effective.
It is important to take all medication as prescribed. Also, all of your sexual partners should be tested and treated. Do not have sex again until you and your partners have completed treatment and no one has symptoms.
If you are diagnosed with gonorrhea, be sure to follow your doctor's
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