Do I Have Gonorrhea? STD Symptoms Women Need to Know

Last updated: August 2, 2019

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Richard Honaker M.D.
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Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). It’s an STD caused by infection with the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Gonorrhea commonly infects warmer, moist areas of your body.

Areas were a gonorrhea infection can occur are:

  • Vagina
  • Anus
  • Female Reproductive Tract
  • Urethra
  • Eyes
  • Throat

How Do I Get Gonorrhea?

Gonorrhea is passed via person-to-person unprotected sex. People who have multiple sexual partners without using condoms is at higher risk for this STD infection.

What are Common Gonorrhea Symptoms?

The symptoms of gonorrhea often occur between two to 14 days of exposure to the STD. Some people, however, may never develop any symptoms. This makes getting checked for STDs if you have had unprotected sex important.

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Gonorrhea Symptoms in Women

Most women who have gonorrhea will not develop any distinct symptoms. However, if you have one of the below symptoms, it could be gonorrhea, so talk to a doctor. That being said, gonorrhea symptoms can also be the same as other infections, like a yeast infection or different bacterial infection.

Symptoms include:

  • Pain during urination
  • Increased frequency in urination
  • Watery, slightly green vaginal discharge
  • Sore throat
  • Heavier periods
  • Painful sexual intercourse
  • Pain in the lower abdomen
  • Fever

Women are at Higher Risk for Long-Term Complications

Gonorrhea in women can cause more long-term health issues. That is if the STD goes untreated. It is always important to ensure you are STD free if you have symptoms or doubts.

Untreated, gonorrhea can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), as well as severe and chronic pain to your reproductive organs. Scarring of the fallopian tubes and future pregnancy troubles are also a possibility.

Gonorrhea in the bloodstream can cause arthritis, heart valve damage, or inflammation in the brain and spinal cord.

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Getting a Doctor Involved

If you think you have gonorrhea or any other STD, it is vital to talk to a doctor. You should also avoid sex in all its forms to prevent spreading the STD. When you talk to a doctor you should discuss your symptoms, and talk about your sexual history.

Do you have questions about STDs? Do you think you may have gonorrhea? It is important to talk to a doctor immediately to ensure no long-term damage or health issues happen.

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Disclaimer: This article provides general information and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or medical condition. If you require specific advice, please consult one of our medical professionals through the app. However, in case of an emergency, please call 911.

About Richard Honaker M.D.

Dr. Richard Honaker has over 40 years of experience as a primary care physician specializing in several different areas of medicine. He is able to provide expert case review and analysis for insurance and workers compensation cases as well as providing online medical consultations as the Chief Medical Advisor for Your Doctors Online.

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