Gonorrhea is a commonly occurring sexually transmitted disease (STI) that can lead to further complications including infertility.
Gonorrhea is a commonly occurring sexually transmitted disease (STI) that can lead to further complications. Not everyone will develop symptoms, which can make diagnosing it difficult, but gonorrhea can still be passed with or without obvious warning signs. If left untreated, females can develop pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which can damage the reproductive system and cause infertility. PID affects approximately 40 percent of the women with gonorrhea.
Most people with gonorrhea will not experience symptoms. If symptoms are present, they will appear two to 30 days after the infectious encounter.
If there is concern for possible gonorrhea, her doctor will first take a medical history and conduct a physical exam. A pelvic exam may not be required as testing for gonorrhea can be done through the urine. However, if there are other complaints such as pain and vaginal discharge, a pelvic exam may be encouraged.
Gonorrhea is an infection caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae that affects the eyes, mouth, throat, rectum and vagina.
There are several risk factors that can increase the chance of gonorrhea:
Treatment for gonorrhea includes antibiotics that will treat the gonorrhea infection. This will include a shot and a pill which will be given in clinic. If you are treated, you should make sure your partner gets tested and treated too. Regardless of where you may gave gotten the infection, you may have passed it along your current partner. Using condoms can help prevent the spread of gonorrhea.