Gonorrhea is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases affecting young people below 24 years of age. This infection affects the private parts including vagina, rectum, penis and even the throat. The different ways of getting this infection is through:
- Oral sex
- Vaginal sex
- Anal sex
- Mother to newborn transmission
Since these are the common ways of getting gonorrhea infection, you should avoid engaging to oral, vaginal and anal sex especially if you have multiple sexual partners or if you are having intimate interaction with a stranger. The good thing is, this infection is only affecting people engaging in these behaviors hence if you are a single partner only person, you don’t have to worry about getting gonorrhea.
Pregnancy and Gonorrhea
There is a high risk of transmitting gonorrhea from a pregnant mother to her newborn. Such babies are facing high risk of having medical problems and complications that can lead to death. If you are pregnant and you have gonorrhea infection, talk to your doctor as soon as possible so you can get proper treatment and increase the risk of tour baby’s survival.
Gonorrhea is an infection that doesn’t have any symptoms just like any other sexually transmitted diseases out there. Oftentimes, symptoms of gonorrhea are mistaken to be common to other infection such as bladder infection. Among the common symptoms of gonorrhea are:
For men – burning sensation when urinating and discharging yellow or greenish discharge from the penis; swollen testicle or painful testicle
For women - burning sensation when urinating, too much vaginal discharge and vaginal bleeding
For men and women with rectal gonorrhea infection – rectal discharge, anal itching, soreness and bleeding of the rectum and painful bowel movement
All other sexually transmitted diseases are curable and Gonorrhea is no different. This infection can be easily treated if detected early but if left untreated for a period of time, it can lead to other complications and more serious medical conditions. It is important to complete your Gonorrhea treatment at once and follow the doctor’s prescription when it comes to your dosage. This is very important because there are drug resistant gonorrhea strains. If you notice no improvement at all after a few days of treatment, go back to your doctor to check or change your medication.
During Gonorrhea treatment, make sure to abstain from sexual activities until you complete the treatment. After treatment, wait for 7 days before engaging in sexual activity again. Not completing your Gonorrhea treatment can lead to severe Gonorrhea infection that can cause formation of scar tissues that can block the fallopian tube in women. This condition can lead to ectopic pregnancy. Other serious complication are pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), infertility and abdominal pain. Men with untreated Gonorrhea can have difficulties fathering a child (sterility problem) and might experience pain in their testicles for a long period of time. Most of all, when untreated, gonorrhea can cause other infections to start such as HIV infection.