Gonorrhea Symptoms – STD Symptoms & Signs

STD Symptoms4 out of 5 women and 1 out of 10 men with gonorrhea have no STD symptoms.

They may be completely unaware that they have caught the disease, and therefore do not seek treatment.

This increases the risk of complications and the chances of passing the infection on to another person.

Symptoms are similar to those of Chlamydia (it is common to have these infections at the same time) and when symptoms do present, they usually show up between 2 and 10 days after sexual contact. However, in men, symptoms may take up to a month to appear. Although most women infected will remain asymptomatic (without symptoms), women who do develop noticeable symptoms usually do so within 10 days of infection.

Symptoms may also only appear in the morning and may be mild, especially for men. That’s why many people do not realize they have an infection. Infections in the throat in particular, and also in the cervix and rectum, often cause no symptoms at all.

Gonorrhea infections in the urethra are most likely to cause symptoms.

Gonorrhea Symptoms in Men:

  • Burning or pain when urinating
  • Abnormal fluid discharge from the penis (white, yellow, or green in color)
  • Swelling and/or redness around the urethra
  • Slight fever
  • Need to urinate more often
  • Itching or tingling feeling inside the penis
  • Pain, swelling, or tender testicles
  • Increased urinary frequency or urgency
  • Red or swollen opening of penis

Gonorrhea Symptoms in Women:

  • Burning or pain when urinating
  • Increased fluid discharge from the vagina
  • Slight fever
  • Need to urinate more often
  • Change in the period or a more painful period
  • Bleeding or spotting between periods
  • Pain during or after sex
  • Pain in the lower stomach area
  • Severe pain in lower abdomen
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Swelling or tenderness of the vulva
  • Throwing up
  • Yellowish or yellow-green vaginal discharge

When the infection spreads to the fallopian tubes, some women still have no signs or symptoms. Others may experience one or more of the following symptoms, which can be an indication that the infection has progressed to pelvic inflammatory disease: lower abdominal pain, lower back pain, pain during intercourse, bleeding between menstrual periods, nausea, and fever.

Gonorrhea Symptoms in Men and Women:

  • Sore throat
  • Itching and redness around the rectum
  • Discharge from the anus or mucous in the stools
  • Slight fever
  • Rectal pain
  • Painful bowel movements
  • Sores around anus
  • Constipation
  • Frequent need to urinate
  • Pain when urinating
  • In rare cases, lower stomach pain

Additional Symptoms:

If the infection spreads to the bloodstream, fever, rash, and arthritis-like symptoms may occur.

If gonorrhea infects the eye, men and women might experience conjunctivitis (inflammation of the eyelid lining). Symptoms of conjunctivitis include redness, itching, and discharge from the eye.

The most common symptoms in newborns include conjunctivitis and pneumonia, which usually develop 5 to 12 days after birth.

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