What Is Gonorrhoea?
Gonorrhoea which is also spelt gonorrhea, is a sexually transmitted disease that is caused by the bacterium Neisseria Gonorrhoeae. It shows many different gonorrhoea symptoms. It can pass from person to person through unprotected oral, anal or vaginal sex.
People with numerous sexual partners or those that don’t use protection are at a greater risk of contracting the infection. If you think you might be suffering from gonorrhea that it’s important to visit your local sexual health clinic for a discrete and confidential check.
What areas of the body can it infect?
Gonorrhoea tends to infect moist and warm parts of the body. Some of the most common places for gonnorhea to infect are:
Appointments to get tested are easy to make and can be done discretely, without the use of your real name, so there’s nothing to worry about. It’s always best to ensure you’re tested regularly especially when you’re sexually active or have unprotected sexual intercourse.
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Symptoms of Gonorrhoea
Gonorrhoea symptoms need to be addressed as soon as they present themselves, if indeed they do show any. Unfortunately gonorrhea is one of the sexual transmitted infections that can remain asymptomatic; meaning that it might show no signs or symptoms.
It’s estimated that around 10% of men with gonorrhoea experience no symptoms and around 50% of women show no symptoms. Over the last few years there has been a rise in the cases of gonorrhoea. When gonorrhoea does show symptoms they typically show around 2 weeks after the initial infection. There has been cases where symptoms take several months to appear.
Gonorrhoea Symptoms in Women
When Gonorrhoea symptoms do show themselves in women, they may include:
• Discharge from the vagina which can be thin and watery, or green/yellow in appearance
• Tenderness in the lower abdomen
• Discomfort or pain, which is often likened to a burning sensation when urinating
• Inter-menstrual bleeding in-between periods
• Heavier periods or bleed after sexual intercourse
When diagnosed and treated early, gonorrhea can be completely cured, therefore forestalling any complications or long-term health problems. When left undiagnosed or untreated, gonorrhoea symptoms can worsen and cause long term health issues in other parts of the body. The more frequently an individual is infected, the greater chances of developing complication. In women the complication of gonorrhoea can be:
• Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
• Long Term Pain In The Pelvic
• Ectopic Pregnancy
If a woman if pregnant and they become infected with gonorrhoea then it can lead to serious health complications and risks for your baby such as miscarrying and premature birth. If the baby is born or infected with Gonorrhoea at birth, then it must be treated with antibiotics. Failure to do so can lead to permanent damage to the babies eyesight.
Gonorrhoea Symptoms in Men
When gonorrhoea symptoms do show themselves in men, they may include:
• Discharge from the penis can appear green or yellowish
• The foreskin of the penis may be subject to inflammation or swelling
• Discomfort or pain, similar to a burning sensation, when urinating
In rare cases gonorrhoea can cause a painful infection in the testicle and/or prostate. When left untreated it has also been known to spread into the bloodstream and cause septicaemia.
Treatment for Gonorrhoea at Broadgate GP
If you’re displaying any of the above symptoms or you’ve recently had unprotected sex with and individual, then there could be a chance you’re infected. This is why you should seek immediate diagnosis and treatment at Broadgate GP London.
We offer discrete and fully confidential appointments for sexual health checks. Treatment is usually easy through a course of antibiotics. Visit our walk-in service or call us on 020 7638 4330 to arrange an appointment.