Gonorrhoea Symptoms

Symptoms of Gonorrhoea usually develop within about two weeks of being infected, although they sometimes don't appear until many months later.


About 1 in 10 infected men and half of infected women won't experience any obvious symptoms, which means the condition can go untreated for some time.


Symptoms in Women


In Women, Symptoms of Gonorrhoea can include:

  • An Unusual Vaginal Discharge which may be Thin or Watery and Green or Yellow in Colour
  • Pain or a Burning Sensation when Passing Urine
  • Pain or Tenderness in the Lower Abdominal area (this is less common)
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Heavier Periods
  • Bleeding after Sex (this is less common)

Symptoms in men


In Men, Symptoms of Gonorrhoea can include:

  • An Unusual Discharge from the Tip of the Penis, which may be White, Yellow or Green
  • Pain or a Burning Sensation when Urinating
  • Inflammation (swelling) of the Foreskin
  • Pain or Tenderness in the Testicles (this is rare)

Infection in the Rectum, Throat or Eyes


Both Men and Women can develop an infection in the Rectum, Eyes or Throat by having unprotected Anal or Oral Sex. If infected semen or vaginal fluid comes into contact with the eyes, you can also develop conjunctivitis. 


Infection in the Rectum can cause discomfort, pain or discharge.


Infection in the eyes can cause irritation, pain, swelling and discharge.


Infection in the throat usually causes no symptoms.

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