Gonorrhoea is a bacterial infection caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonrrhoeae which thrives in moist, warm areas of the body like vaginal, mouth, cervix, urinary tract and rectum.
Gonorrhoea is one of the most common sexually transmitted disease that affects both men and women, it is transmitted through sexual activities which include oral, vaginal, rectal sex and using sex toys. It can not be transmitted through toilet seats, door handles, hugging but can be transmitted from a mother to a new born baby if the mother is infected.
Gonorrhoea symptoms for women varies from no sign at all to itching in the vaginal area to a severe pelvic infection when the infection has far gone.
Gonorrhoea symptoms are very mild especially during the initial stages of the infection and they are often mistaken for some bladder or vaginal infection, post infection. Most women experience no symptoms at all during the early stages and they usually appear within 2 to 10 days or even after 30 days of the bacterial infestation. Some of the most common signs are as follows.
Eye redness and watery discharge from the eyes.
Redness and swelling of the genitals.
Burning or frequent urination.
Profusely smelling vaginal discharge.
A yellowish or white vaginal discharge.
Painful bowel movement.
Fever and general tiredness.
Swollen and painful glands at the vaginal opening.
Severe pain during and after sexual intercourse.
Pelvic cramping and abdominal pain.
Irritation and discharge from anus.
Burning sensation or itching in the vaginal area.
Abnormal vaginal bleeding.
Inflammation of Fallopian tubes and ovaries leading to pelvic inflammation or infection.
Initial treatment for gonorrhoea was fairly simple where a simple penicillin injection can cure it, however, over time, the bacteria became resistant to such antibiotics and so it became so difficult to treat the disorder. Treatment comprises of various antibiotics which should only be taken under a doctor’s recommendation and it can reoccur if proper care is not taken.
The best way to prevent gonorrhoea is using latex condoms and avoid multiple sex partners. The major treatment is to consult your doctor.