In recent years an unprecedented number of individuals (both men and women) are being diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease condition. Having unprotected sex with multiple partners is the main reason for the sudden spike in the number of people being diagnosed with STD condition.
Every year nearly seven lakh people living in the United States contract gonorrhea. Half the people who are diagnosed with gonorrhea are teenagers.
A bacterium which grows in the warm moist areas of a woman’s reproductive tract including the fallopian tubes, the cervix or the uterus is responsible for initiating this disease condition. Among men this bacteria is most likely to be found in the urethra or the urinary canal. In rare cases, small colonies of this bacterium have been found in the throat, eyes, anus and the mouth of the infected individual.
Unprotected sex, be it anal, oral or vaginal, multiplies an individual’s chances of getting this disease condition. A pregnant woman who is infected with gonorrhea may transmit this disease condition to her infant during childbirth. A person who was successfully treated for gonorrhea may contract this disease again if he or she indulges in unprotected sex with a person who suffers from this condition.
Symptoms Of Gonorrhea
Women who are infected with gonorrhea exhibit a series of mild symptoms which is often mistaken for urinary tract infection. Among men the symptoms of gonorrhea are more obvious. Through this article we will explore some of the common symptoms of gonorrhea in both men and women.
Symptoms In Women
One of the first symptoms of gonorrhea among women is mild to severe pain while passing urine. Often a woman may mistake this pain for a simple urinary tract infection. If the pain persists for a couple of days, it is advisable to consult a doctor. Pain during urination is often accompanied by a desire to pass urine frequently.
An itching sensation accompanied by pain around the anus is another sign of gonorrhea. Some women may also notice a watery discharge from their anus. Depending on the severity of the infection a woman may experience mild to severe anal discomfort.
Abnormal Vaginal Discharge
Foul smelling and abnormal colored vaginal discharge is another symptom of gonorrhea among women. Along with vaginal discharge a woman may also observe abnormal vaginal bleeding after indulging in sexual intercourse. Abnormal bleeding between periods is another sign of gonorrhea.
Itching sensation around the genital area can also be a sign of gonorrhea. If the genital itching persists consult a gynecologist to discover whether you are suffering from a simple yeast infection or gonorrhea.
Irregular Menstrual Cycle
Women who are afflicted with gonorrhea will definitely notice their menstrual periods becoming erratic. These women may also complain of severe pain around their lower abdominal region.
Sore throat, severe body pain, fever and general malaise are some of the other symptoms of gonorrhea.
Symptoms In Men
Like women, men who are infected with this sexually transmitted disease condition may experience severe pain while passing urine.
Abnormal Discharge from Penis
Men who are infected with gonorrhea may notice abnormal discharge from their penis. During the initial stages of infection the discharge from the penis may be whitish in color. As the disease progresses, the discharge may appear yellowish or creamy colored. The discharge from the penis is sometimes tinged with minute droplets of blood.
Some patients may also complain of anal and/or genital itching.
Sore throat, pink eye, fever are some of the general symptoms of gonorrhea.