What Is Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases (STD) caused by a bacterium named Neisseria gonorrhoeae. This type of bacteria can multiply and grow easily in the moist and warm area of the reproductive tract like uterus (womb), cervix (womb opening), urethra (urine canal) in men and fallopian tubes (egg canals) in women. There is also a chance that it may develop in the throat, mouth, anus and eyes also. The word gonorrhea comes from the latin word gonorrhoia where gonos stands for “seed” and rhoe means “flow”. This disease is very common among the young adults and the teenager and any sexually active person who practice unsafe sex.

If remain untreated

Gonorrhea is highly contagious. “the clap” or “the drip” which is also known as female infertility is mostly caused by the gonorrhea. If this remains untreated then women gonorrhea patient may build up pelvic inflammatory disease or PID and incase of men patient inflammation of prostate gland, epididymis or urethral structure are most common.

Symptoms of gonorrhea

In case of women this disease mostly shows no symptoms though the symptoms may appear in between two to ten days after disclosure and may take 30 days to occur. But it remains mild for most cases and may be misguided for something else.

Symptoms in men

In most cases men have no or very mild symptoms and unconsciously transmit that infection to their sex partner. Usually the symptoms those are very obvious for the men are-

  • Frequent or painful urethritis or urination.
  • Abnormal penis discharge like first time milky and after that creamy or yellow sticky liquid.
  • Sometimes blood gets discharged from the penis.
  • Anal discomfort, itching, discharge or bleeding.
  • Conjunctivitis.
  • Sore throat.

The last two symptoms are very rare but apart off these two; if other symptoms are experienced then medical advice are required.

Symptoms in women

In case of women the symptoms near the beginning are very meek therefore they are misguided by vaginal infection or bladder infection. The symptoms are:

  • Anal discomfort, itching, discharge or bleeding.
  • Frequent and painful urination.
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding in between periods and during or after sex.
  • Unusual vaginal discharge.
  • Itching at genital.
  • Irregular bleeding at the time of periods.
  • Belly main.
  • General tiredness and fever.
  • Unusual pain at the time of sexual intercourse.
  • Painful and swollen glands at the vagina opening.
  • Conjunctivitis.
  • Sore throat.

Apart off last two symptoms which are very rare required medical advice.

Therefore prevention is better than cure. Use of condom is very important to reduce the chances of gonorrhea infection and always stay neat and clean. If you are suspecting it then better to stop having sex and consult with a doctor.