The symptoms of gonorrhea start to manifest themselves 2 to 10 days after contamination, which is usually due to intimate contact without the use of a condom.
Gonorrhea is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae, that can affect the vagina, penis and anus. When this disease is not properly treated it can lead to complications such as infertility or pelvic inflammatory disease, for example.
So, it is important to watch out for the symptoms of this disease, that can be different in men and women. Below you can see the differences:
Gonorrhea in women
Although, most women do not feel the symptoms when they are infected with gonorrhea, the following signs may appear:
- Pain or burning sensation while urinating;
- Urinary incontinence;
- White-yellow discharge, similar to pus;
- Inflammation of the Bartholin glands, which are on the sides of the vagina and are responsible for the lubrication;
- Sore throat and voice impairment, when there was oral intimate contact;
- Inflammation of the anus, when there was anal intimate contact.
When untreated, this disease can cause complications such as infertility, ectopic pregnancy and chronic pelvic pain.
Gonorrhea in men
In men, symptoms usually begin within 1 to 3 days after unprotected intimate contact, and the signs that may occur are:
- Pain or burning when urinating;
- Frequent urge to urinate;
- Low fever;
- Yellow discharge, similar to pus, coming out of the penis;
- Sore throat and voice impairment (specially if there has been oral contact through sex);
- Inflammation of the anus (specially if there has been anal contact through sex).
When proper treatment is not done, complications such as urinary incontinence and a heavy feeling may appear in the penile region.
Gonorrhea in newborns
If during pregnancy a woman becomes infected and is not treated the baby can be infected during childbirth, arising a condition called gonococcal conjunctivitis.
Babies begin to show pain symptoms and swelling of the eyes, purulent secretion and difficulty opening the eyes, which can lead to blindness when not treated properly.