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).
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.
Does gonorrhea cause bleeding?
Bleeding during or after sex can indeed be a sign of gonorrhea, or rather PID. If you have gonorrhea for a long time and develop PID, this can cause symptoms such as bleeding. If you are experiencing any unusual bleeding, you always need to see a doctor to check whether there is an underlying infection or condition.
Does gonorrhea make women infertile?
Gonorrhea bacteria don’t make you infertile but if you develop PID this could affect your fertility. PID does not always cause symptoms, so you could develop this complication without noticing it. A prolonged infection of your genital tract can lead to scarring and the blocking of your fallopian tubes, which means that you are less likely to get pregnant.
The best way to avoid this is to use a condom and to get tested for STIs if you have had unprotected sex.
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.