What is gonorrhea?

Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted bacterial infection affecting both men and women.  Gonorrhea can cause infection in and near the reproductive tract, anus, and throat.

What are the symptoms of gonorrhea?

It’s not uncommon for a person infected with gonorrhea to not exhibit any symptoms, or to confuse the symptoms of gonorrhea with another disease.  If symptoms do appear, they may take anywhere from two to 30 days after infection to show up. Any time you are concerned you may have a sexually transmitted disease, it’s important to get tested right away. A doctor will confirm whether or not you have gonorrhea through a test, most often a urine sample. There may need to be a swab of the throat or anus if symptoms occur in those areas.

Symptoms of gonorrhea in women include:

  • Discolored vaginal discharge
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pain when urinating
  • Red or itchy eyes
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Vulvitis (swelling of the vulva)
  • Pain in the throat
  • Swollen throat glands

Symptoms of gonorrhea in men include:

  • Pain when urinating
  • Colored discharge (white, yellow or green) from the penis
  • Red or itchy eyes
  • Pain in the throat
  • Swollen throat glands

What causes gonorrhea?

Gonorrhea is spread through sexual contact: oral, anal or vaginal sex with someone infected with gonorrhea.  Additionally, a baby can get gonorrhea from its mother during childbirth, if the mother has not been treated first.

How is gonorrhea treated?

Antibiotics via an injection are used to treat gonorrhea.

It is becoming harder to treat some kinds of gonorrhea, as drug-resistant strains of gonorrhea are on the rise. If your symptoms continue for more than a few days after receiving treatment for gonorrhea, you should return to be checked again and treated appropriately.

If I’ve been treated for gonorrhea once, can I get it again?

Yes. If you are exposed to gonorrhea again, you can become infected again.  If you are sexually active, ensure your partner has been tested and/or treated for gonorrhea. It’s important to use condoms the right way every time you have sex.

When should I see a doctor for gonorrhea?

Without treatment, gonorrhea can cause serious health problems like infertility, pelvic pain, arthritis, and more.  As soon as you or your partner exhibit symptoms of gonorrhea, visit a doctor to get tested and treated.   One of you may show symptoms where the other may not, even though both individuals are infected with gonorrhea.   

MedSpring Urgent Care facilities offer comfortable and discreet testing facilities in Austin, Dallas, and Houston, TX and Chicago, IL for STDs, including gonorrhea; we also treat gonorrhea on site. After being treated for gonorrhea, its encouraged that you to talk to your partner to also get tested and treated. Once both you and your partner are treated, both of you may need to abstain from sexual activity for a few days to make sure the infection clears before resuming sexual activity. Also, in order to prevent further recurrence of gonorrhea, condoms are highly recommended.

 At MedSpring, you can pay with insurance or self-pay for the visit.  All results are completely confidential.

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