Gonorrhea in women - What are the signs?

Dr Louisa Draper

"Gonorrhea doesn’t always cause symptoms. In fact, about half of all women who have gonorrhea never experience any noticeable symptoms."

Dr Louisa Draper

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Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease which affects women and men alike. You can catch it when you have unprotected sex. Find out how to spot the symptoms and what you can do to stay safe.

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.