What are the symptoms of gonorrhea?

Symptoms of gonorrhea infection vary among individuals. It is not unusual for both men and women with gonorrhea to have mild symptoms or no symptoms at all in the early stage of the disease. However, serious permanent damage to the reproductive tissues, infertility, and other complications can occur even in the absence of symptoms.

Symptoms of gonorrhea generally begin to occur about two to five days and up to about 30 days after exposure to the disease through sexual contact.

Symptoms in women include:

  • Fever

  • Lower abdominal pain

  • Pain or burning with urination

  • Painful sexual intercourse

  • Unusual cloudy vaginal discharge

  • Unusual vaginal bleeding, including after sexual intercourse

Symptoms in men include:

  • Cloudy discharge from the penis

  • Fever

  • Frequent urination

  • Male infertility

  • Pain or burning with urination

  • Testicular pain

Symptoms of gonorrhea can also occur in the anus or throat if sexual activity and gonorrhea infection involved these areas. These symptoms can include:

  • Anal itching

  • Bloody stool

  • Cloudy discharge from the anus

  • Painful bowel movements

  • Sore throat


What is gonorrhea?

Gonorrhea is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD). More than 700,000 people in the United States get new gonorrheal infections each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Source: CDC). Young adult African-Ame... Read more about gonorrheaintroduction


What causes gonorrhea?

Gonorrhea is caused by a bacterial infection of the cervix in women or the urethra in men by the gonococcal bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae. The anus, throat and eyes can also be infected by gonorrhea.

Gonorrhea is passed from one person to another during sexual contact that involves vaginal, oral, or anal sex. Gonorrhea infection can also be passed from an infected mother t... Read more about gonorrheacauses


How is gonorrhea treated?

Gonorrhea is treatable, and prompt diagnosis and treatment can help to reduce the risk of developing serious complications, such as pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility, and minimize the spread of the disease to others. You can treat gonorrhea by consistently following your treatment plan. Treatment plans generally include antibiotic medications and other treatments. Sexual partners shou... Read more about gonorrheatreatments

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Aug 23, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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