Gonorrhoea

Gonorrhoea

Gonorrhoea is caused by a germ gonococcus. Symptoms of this infection are more visible in men than in women. They may clear over time, even without treatment. However, some germs may remain. Hence, medication is always advisable.


  • Bacterial infection which is transmitted through sex
  • Can be treated with antibiotics

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Description

Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted infection. It is caused by a germ which is known as gonococcus. This germ can be transferred to you if you have a sexual contact (vaginal, anal, or oral) with the infected person. In males, the infection affects the tube between the bladder and the penis. Moreover, it can cause infection of the mouth or anus of both the sexes. Symptoms are more visible in men than in women.


Symptoms of Gonorrhoea may fade away with time, without treatment. However, the germs still remain in the urethra. Hence, treatment is always advisable.


Symptoms of Gonorrhoea in Women

  • Change in vaginal discharge
  • Pain in lower abdomen
  • Heavy periods
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Urine infection
  • Pain or burning sensation when passing urine
  • Rectum infection


Symptoms of Gonorrhoea in Men

  • Infection of the urethra
  • Fluid discharge from the penis
  • Pain or burning sensation when passing urine
  • Irritation inside the penis
  • Frequent urination
  • Redness at the end of the penis


There may be some complication of the infection.


In women:

  • The infection can spread to the uterus and cause pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Premature labour, ectopic pregnancy, or miscarriage may occur
  • An infected mother can pass on the infection to the eyes of her newborn baby
  • Pelvic infection can spread to the liver
  • Abscesses can develop in the Bartholin’s glands
  • Painful sexual intercourse
  • Fever
  • Vulvar swelling
  • Bleeding after intercourse
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Pain when passing stool
  • Sore throat
  • Swollen neck lymph nodes
  • Pain in the eyes
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Pain in the joints


In men:

  • The infection may spread from the urethra to the prostrate-gland
  • Narrowing of the urethra may develop
  • The infection may spread in the bloodstream and infect other parts of the body
  • Sexual intercourse of two males can infect the anus and throat
  • Pain in the testicles
  • Anal discharge, itching, bleeding, or pain when passing stool
  • Pain in the eyes
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Swollen neck lymph nodes
  • Pain in the joints


To learn more about gonorrhoea, see the comprehensive patient information leaflet



Causes

Gonorrhoea is caused by a bacteria known as gonococcus. It lives in the uterus, cervix, urethra, rectum, throat, and occasionally the eyes. As Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted infection, hence, anyone who is sexually active can get this infection.


Along with the reproductive tract, the mucous membranes are also affected by this infection. An infected mother can pass on the infection to the eyes of her newborn baby during delivery.


In most cases, sexually active people get affected by Gonorrhoea. Teenagers and young adults are at the higher end of risk. 


There are some preventive measures which if used can prevent or stop the infection from spreading.


  • Avoid sex if you are infected
  • Use condoms
  • Regular medical checkups
  • Avoid sexual activities with multiple partners

Types Of Treatment

Depending on the symptoms, your doctor may recommend some tests. A urine sample or a swab of the infected area can give an idea about the infection. Treatments can be of various types.


Antibiotics

You may be prescribed a shot of ceftriaxone and an oral medication azithromycin.

Avoid Sexual Intercourse

Avoid sexual intercourse during the treatment as this may spread the infection to others or cause complications for you.


Tests

Your doctor may ask to repeat some tests. This is just to know if the treatment is working. Retesting is usually done 7 days after the treatment.



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Questions & Answers

How common is Gonorrhoea?

It is a very common infectious disease.


How do people get Gonorrhoea?

It spreads through contact with the penis, vagina, anus, or mouth. An infected mother can also pass the infection to the eyes of her newborn baby during delivery.


Who can get infected with Gonorrhoea?

Anyone who is sexually active can get infected with Gonorrhoea. Teenagers and young adults are more at risk.


Are the symptoms of Gonorrhoea visible?

In most cases, Gonorrhoea does not have any symptoms. However, some people may see mild symptoms.


Is Gonorrhoea dangerous?

YES. If severe, it can cause serious and permanent health problems both in men and women.


Is Gonorrhoea treatable?

YES, Gonorrhoea is curable.



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