Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). The infection spreads through sexual contact of any type and affects both men and women.
Over half of women with gonorrheal infection do not have any symptoms of the infection. When symptoms do occur, they can include pain in the lower abdomen, pelvis, testicle, or vagina and pain that can occur during sexual intercourse or during urination. Other associated symptoms and signs can include
- abnormal vaginal discharge that may contain pus,
- discharge from the penis,
- itching and burning of the penis,
- a frequent urge to urinate, and
- irregular menstruation in women.
Babies born to mothers infected with gonorrhea can develop eye infections.
Cause of gonorrhea
Infection with the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae is the cause of gonorrhea.
Other gonorrhea symptoms and signs
- Abnormal Vaginal Discharge That May Contain Pus
- Discharge from the Penis
- Frequent Urge to Urinate
- Irregular Menstruation in Women
- Itching and Burning of the Penis
- Pain in the Lower Abdomen, Pelvis, Testicle, or Vagina and Pain That Can Occur During Sexual Intercourse or During Urination
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