Since Gonorrhea is one of the earliest sexually transmitted infections known to men, women with gonorrhea always feel ashamed to admit that they have it. Oftentimes, they pretend that it doesn’t exist even if all symptoms show that they probably have it. This stigma of gonorrhea stemmed from the fact that gonorrhea is only acquired through direct sexual contact with a person infected with gonorrhea.
Facts about gonorrhea that women should know
- Gonorrhea is transmitted through sexual activity only
- Gonorrhea is not transmitted by sharing things with person infected with gonorrhea
- Women with gonorrhea don’t know they have it because they are asymptomatic
- Gonorrhea is easy to treat if detected early
- Gonorrhea can be treated easily with antibiotics
- Untreated gonorrhea in women can lead to more serious health conditions such as infertility and PID
What causes gonorrhea?
Gonorrhea is caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacterium. When a woman is infected with gonorrhea, there is a high possibility that she is also infected with chlamydia. When gonorrhea was first discovered, people thought that it can be transmitted easily such as by sitting on the same toilet seat with a person with gonorrhea or holding the same doorknob. This was corrected when the gonorrhea-causing bacteria was discovered. Neisseria gonorrhoeae cannot survive outside the body and it only thrives in moist places such as the cervix, vagina, and urethra.
Common unrecognized symptoms of gonorrhea
Most doctors say that gonorrhea has no symptoms but the fact is, there are symptoms but are unrecognized due to its commonality. For example, having a burning sensation when urinating or the need to pee often can be considered as a gonorrhea symptom yet people mistook it for something else. Women often take it for granted thinking that is can be just part of their usual monthly cycle. Another unrecognized symptom of gonorrhea is itching around the vaginal area which is also considered as a common thing especially during menstrual periods.
The effect of unrecognized gonorrhea infection
Since it is unrecognized and left untreated, gonorrhea infection in women often leads to a more serious complication and infection such as pelvic inflammatory disease. Pelvic inflammatory disease or PID causes pain in the pelvis because of the infected fallopian tube. Women with gonorrhea find out that they have gonorrhea once symptoms of PID appear. Among the symptoms of PID are having cramps on the pelvic area, having abdominal pains and having a fever for no reasons at all. Advance stage of PID can lead to infertility or difficulty conceiving. There are women who contracted gonorrhea and ended up having surgery to remove pus and abscess in their ovary.
If you think you are at risk of having or contracting a sexually transmitted infection of any kind, make sure to get tested. The early stage of gonorrhea can be easily treated so don’t make the mistake of leaving your body to the Neisseria gonorrhoeae to be ruined. Prevention is always better than cure but if it cannot be prevented, then at least gets tested regularly.