6 Symptoms Of Gonorrhea

Also known as “the clap,” Gonnorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease that affects the throat, rectum, urethra, and the cervix. Gonorrhea is caused by the Neisseria gonorrhoeae strain of bacteria and can be spread through vaginal, anal, and oral sex. If left untreated, gonorrhea can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease in women and cause infertility in men. Although uncommon, untreated gonorrhea can spread to the blood and joints, ultimately resulting in death. Pregnant women should be especially concerned about treating gonorrhea because it can be spread to the newborn and even carries the risk of causing a miscarriage or a preterm birth. According to the CDC, there have been 468,514 cases of Gonorrhea since 2015, making it one of the most common STDs in the United States.

While treating gonorrhea is relatively easy and painless, realizing you are infected with it is not always obvious. Women with gonorrhea may experience no symptoms at all or confuse the symptoms with a urinary tract infection. Men usually experience more symptoms of gonorrhea, making it easier to identify and treat. Due to the serious complications untreated gonorrhea can cause, it’s important that you get tested and don’t self-diagnose yourself if you are experiencing any of the below six symptoms:

1. Pain or Burning When You Pee

One of those most common indicators of gonorrhea is a painful or burning sensation during urination. Both men and women can experience this pain while peeing, and it can be confused with urinary tract infections or other STDs such as chlamydia. This is one of the few symptoms that is common in women, provided that many women experience no symptoms at all. Since another symptom of gonorrhea is frequent urination, this pain may be felt many times during a day and can even persist a little after you finish urinating. You may be tempted to sit on the toilet seat because sometimes the sensation resembles additional urine that needs to come out. The cause of the unpleasant sensation is due to the disease-causing bacteria that gets into your urethra. If the bacteria is in the anus, you’ll experience pain during bowl movements as opposed to during urination. Since the bacteria that causes gonorrhea is only treated by antibiotics, the pain during urination will continue unless you seek help from a medical professional. Take note of anything that looks strange (color, smell, etc.) while you urinate because aside from uncomfortable urination, you may notice differences in the appearance of your urine.