Symptoms of gonorrhea - women
Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection, it can also be transmitted to newborns when the mother is giving birth. It is generally located in the genitals, the rectum and the eyes. It is more common in people who are aged between 15 and 30, who are sexually active and have more than one sexual partner per year. It can be avoided by using condoms.
It is difficult to spot when women have gonorrhea because only 30-50% of women display any symptoms. Among these women, one in two of them will have abnormal (watery or creamy looking, blood like or even slightly green) vaginal discharge and a quarter of them will experience lower abdominal pain. It is also possible (though less common) to experience pain during urination, heavier periods or spotting.
If left untreated, gonorrhea can lead to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. It can cause serious damage to the reproductive system and can lead to infertility, miscarriages, increased risk of ectopic pregnancies and stillbirths.
It is also possible, though unlikely, that you will experience joint pain, a skin rash or flu like symptoms.
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