Symptoms and Signs of Gonorrhea

symptoms and signs of gonorrhea

The symptoms typically start about 10 days after contracting the infection but symptoms may also take a few months to develop

Most women who have gonorrhea don’t have any symptoms or only very mild symptoms. This is important to know as a woman with no symptoms is still able to pass the infection on. Some men may also have no symptoms when having gonorrhea but most men experience some symptoms. Studies have shown that 9 out of 10 men experience some symptoms when they are infected with gonorrhea. The symptoms typically start about 10 days after contracting the infection but symptoms may also take a few months to develop.
 
 
The symptoms and signs of gonorrhea are briefly discussed:

  • Dysuria
  • Men and woman may experience burning urine if they have gonorrhea. When this is the only symptom they may be misdiagnosed as having an uncomplicated bladder infection.

  • Urethral discharge
  • The typical discharge found in gonorrhea is a thick green or yellow discharge from the penis or vagina. The discharge may also be a thick, white discharge. This discharge may have an unpleasant odour.

  • Swelling of the testicles
  • Pain or swelling may be experienced in the testes in a man who is infected with gonorrhea.

  • Posthitis
  • Posthitis may occur as a symptom of gonorrhea. Posthitis is the inflammation and infection of the foreskin of the penis. The foreskin may appear red and swollen. The man may also complain of pain of the foreskin.

  • Rectal itching and Rectal discharge
  • Discomfort, itching, swelling and pain may be experienced in the rectum when gonorrhea was contracted from unprotected anal sex.

  • Menstrual disorders
  • In women, gonorrhea may cause vaginal bleeding between periods or it may cause the woman to have heavier periods than usual. It is good for men to know the symptoms of gonorrhea and how it affects men and woman so that they are able to recognize the symptoms in themselves or in their partner.

  • Conjunctivitis
  • An infection in the eye may occur if affected semen or vaginal fluid gets into a person’s eye. During the birth process, an infant may develop conjunctivitis from contact with infected vaginal fluid.