The most common symptom of gonorrhea, oddly enough, is not displaying any symptoms. Most women and half of men do not exhibit any common symptoms, which could actually lead to further complications than those who are immediately tested and treated.
Symptoms of STD
Gonorrhea symptoms vary quite dramatically from case to case, and even more so between genders, but common features include a burning sensation while urinating and dis-colored discharge from the urethra.
Symptoms for gonorrhea typically become noticeable around 10 days after the sexual encounter or contact. It is important to remember that penetration and/or discharge are not necessary for the infection to be passed. Contact with the infected area is enough to spread gonorrhea.
In the most extreme scenarios, gonorrhea can lead to infertility, vaginal bleeding, and DGI (Disseminated Gonococcal Infection), also called gonococcal arthritis. DGI develops within two weeks of infection and can involve chills, sickness, fever, arthritis, skin rashes or legions, or symptoms of meningitis. DGI is rare and only about 1% of gonorrhea positive individuals experience these effects. But it is extremely serious, so do not hesitate to call a doctor.
Symptoms in Men
Most Likely Symptoms
Symptoms in Women
Most Likely Symptoms
Signs of Gonorrhea
It’s important to set up a gonorrhea test at an STD test clinic if you experience any of these symptoms. Gonorrhea is often contracted simultaneously with chlamydia and symptoms can overlap, so both a gonorrhea test and chlamydia test are often advisable any time an unsafe sexual encounter occurs.
Doctors also recommend a gonorrhea test annually in sexually active women, including those who are pregnant, in order to prevent further complications or contraction of another STD.
Remember, gonorrhea can be exchanged during oral sex, anal sex or vaginal intercourse and while condoms do reduce the risk of contracting the STD, they are not 100% effective.
Gonorrhea SymptomsA proactive gonorrhea test is very valuable, because the consequences are so severe and the symptoms can be non-existent. If you have had unprotected sex, protect yourself by getting tested.
More STD Information:STD testing info on other common sexually transmitted diseases.