Does gonorrhea in women have long term effects?
If you have gonorrhea and you don’t get treated, there is a risk of complications. Like other bacterial STIs such as chlamydia, gonorrhea can cause Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
PID is an inflammation of your reproductive organs and it can cause symptoms such as abdominal pain, fever, unusual discharge or bleeding.
If you experience any of these symptoms and have had unprotected sex, you may have an STI which has developed into PID. It is important that you get treated, as PID can affect your fertility in the long run.
Myths about female gonorrhea
Myth: You can’t get gonorrhea from oral sex
Truth: You can contract gonorrhea from oral, anal and vaginal sex. Gonorrhea can cause infections in the anus and throat and you need to get tested if you have had unprotected anal or oral sex.
Myth: If you have gonorrhea, you will have a smelly discharge.
Truth: It is quite common for women not to have any symptoms, which is why gonorrhea often goes unnoticed. If you have had unprotected sex then getting tested is the only way to be sure that you don’t have it.
Myth: Gonorrhea is harmless.
Truth: Although gonorrhea doesn’t necessarily cause symptoms in the short term, it can have serious long-term effects such as infertility. Spotting the infection early is key to preventing serious complications.