This sexually transmitted infection (STI) is currently said by the NHS to be the second most common bacterial STI in the UK after chlamydia. You may already know that gonorrhoea is often referred to, informally, as “the clap.” Should gonorrhoea be a concern for you, book an appointment to get tested quickly, especially if you are a pregnant woman.
With this STI, an infected pregnant woman can pass it on to her baby. Without treatment, gonorrhoea can cause permanent blindness in a new-born baby. If you are pregnant and may have gonorrhoea, it’s vital to get tested and treated before your baby is born.
We may be embarrassed when we think about sexually transmitted infections and perhaps understandably reluctant about finding out if we have them. The first step to helping yourself access treatment, should you need it, is to receive 100% confident and fast, discreet testing and care, which Pall Mall Medical can offer you, today.
Symptoms of Gonorrhoea
Around 1 in 10 infected men and almost half of infected women do not experience any symptoms, says the NHS.
The distinctive colour of an unusual discharge in both men and women is a key symptom of gonorrhoea. For women, this unusual vaginal discharge may be thin or watery and green or yellow in colour. For men, this unusual discharge from the tip of the penis may be white, yellow or green. For both men and women, there could be pain or a burning sensation when you urinate or pass urine. Plus:
- You could have pain or tenderness in the lower tummy – but this is less common
- You could bleed between your periods, have heavier periods, bleed after sex – but, again, this is less common
- You could notice inflammation (swelling) of the foreskin
- Possible pain or tenderness in the testicles – this is rare
What causes Gonorrhoea?
Gonorrhoea is caused by a bacteria called Neisseria gonorrhoeae, mainly found in the discharge from the penis and in vaginal fluid. How is gonorrhoea spread? Sexual partners can easily pass gonorrhoea via:
- Unprotected vaginal, oral or anal sex
- The sharing of vibrators or other sex toys which are not washed or covered with a new condom each time they are used
Gonorrhoea cannot be passed on through casual contact – like kissing and hugging or by sharing baths, towels, swimming pools, toilet seats, cups, plates or cutlery.
Treatments for Gonorrhoea
The first step is the test. We can test for gonorrhoea with a sample of discharge taken using a swab. For men, we can also test a sample of urine for you. There are possible complications with gonorrhoea such as the onset of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) for women or infertility issues for both men and women.
The treatment for gonorrhoea is usually a single antibiotic injection which we can put in the buttocks or in your thigh. With effective treatment, most of your symptoms should get better within just a few days.