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Gonorrhea Symptoms in Men

Common Symptoms of Gonorrhea in Men

 

Gonorrhea is an STD that can be hard to diagnose initially, moreso in women than in men, because you can have the disease without showing any symptoms. Quite often gonorrhea is thought to just be a bladder infection. As many as half of the women that get the disease do not show any noticeable symptoms at all. Men are more likely to show signs of it, however. Different gonorrhea symptoms in men include signs in the anus and throat, and depending on how long you've carried the disease around, you may see signs in many different areas of the body all at once.

These symptoms will probably start appear anywhere from 2 to 10 days after you initially contract the disease, though depending on the situation it may be as long as 30 days. Typical symptoms for females include spotting after sex or frequent, painful urination. These signs are especially common when the infection works its way into the woman's cervix. Later down the road, these can further develop into nausea or vomiting, fever, bleeding even when you're not having your period, or discolored discharges.

For the men looking for gonorrhea signs, they too can experience pain during urination and a tenderness to the testicles, which can show that the infection has made it to the urethra. They may see a small discharge out of the tip of their penis. The penis itself can be especially tender, and there is probably going to be some swelling in their glands around the groin.

The bacteria that causes gonorrhea can work its way to other parts of the body as well, like the anus or even the throat. These symptoms can include painful BMs, a colored discharge from the anus, general itching of the area, and blood in their stool. A throat infection of gonorrhea can lead to a sore throat that won't go away, or the appearance of what looks like pus in the back of the throat or the tonsils. If you were to actually get sick during a gonorrhea infection, it's much easier for the gonorrhea to spread, so make sure you get treated as fast as you can.

If you don't get gonorrhea treated, you can cause yourself some serious hazards. Women in particular would risk especially painful and dangerous complications. If they have an infection in their cervix it can pass to their uterus and then get into their fallopian tubes, which can ultimately result in them having trouble conceiving.

The disease known as Pelvic Inflammatory Disease has been seen in about fifteen percent of women who have gotten cervical gonorrhea, and can lead to permanent infertility. It can also increase the risk of a dangerous ectopic pregnancy. This is when the fetus gets stuck and begins to grow outside of the uterus, most often in the tubes themselves, and is very dangerous and life threatening to the mother.

If a man contracts gonorrhea and does not do anything about it, he is especially leaving himself open to a disease known as epididymitis, which is a disease that leads to painful swelling of the testicles. This is a very bad sign, and the man should go to the doctor immediately, or he risks eventually becoming infertile from damage to his testicles.

If you think you may have been exposed to this disease, or you think you are seeing signs of having it, you need to get tested immediately so that you can be treated asap. Having untreated gonorrhea can make you more susceptible to worse diseases. Pregnant women in particular risk infecting their child if they test positive for the STD.

 

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