What are the symptoms of Gonorrhea?
You can develop symptoms after 2 to 21 days of unprotected sex with someone with Gonorrhea. On average, you will develop symptoms after five days. Some people don’t get any symptoms at all. Taking an STD test is, therefore, the only way to know for sure whether you have Gonorrhea or not.
Do you have symptoms, and are you still curious whether you have Gonorrhea? Then look for the following symptoms that could indicate Gonorrhea:
- Burning or irritated sensation during urination
- Yellow-green or pus-like discharge from the penis or vagina
- Pain in the lower abdomen (with vaginal Gonorrhea)
Symptoms vary and depend on the body location in which you are infected. Gonorrhoea of the penis, for example, causes different symptoms than Gonorrhea in the vagina. Below, we describe the various symptoms for each body part.
Symptoms of Gonorrhea: Penis
If you are infected with Gonorrhea of the penis, you will usually notice it within a few days to two weeks. You will often get a pus-like discharge, also called a drip. The discharge is transparent to a yellow-green colour. You may also experience pain when urinating. In some cases, Gonorrhea does not cause any symptoms at all, but you can also pass on Gonorrhea without any symptoms.
Symptoms of Gonorrhea: Vagina
40% to 70% of cases with people with a vagina produce symptoms. Likely, you won’t notice that you have been infected with Gonorrhea.
The following symptoms are associated with vaginal Gonorrhea:
- Yellow-green or pus-like discharge
- Pain or burning during sex or when urinating
- Pain in the lower abdomen
- Bleeding when you are not having your period
Symptoms of Gonorrhea: Anus and throat
You can get infected with Gonorrhea in your anus or throat if the bacteria get there. For example, through oral sex. Often, Gonorrhea in the anus or throat does not cause any symptoms. When you’ve been infected with Gonorrhea in your throat, you can get throat inflammation, also known as pharyngitis. Anal Gonorrhea can cause itching or irritation. Anal or oral Gonorrhea rarely gives any symptoms. So if in doubt, get tested. If you have tested negative for Gonorrhea in either your vagina or penis, then there is still a possibility that you test positive in the anus or throat.
Symptoms of Gonorrhea: Eyes
When the Gonorrhea bacteria gets into your eye, it can cause an eye infection. This is called purulent conjunctivitis. This can happen if semen or vaginal fluid from someone with Gonorrhea gets into your eyes, for example, through your hands. Gonorrhoea in the eye can be tested separately with a smear, but it does not have to be treated separately.
If you’re having trouble with your eyes and it might have something to do with Gonorrhea, we highly recommend you visit your doctor for a test.