Gonorrhoea is caused due to infection with bacteria that are known as neisseria gonorrhoeae. Gonorrhoea bacteria can infect the genitals and reproductive system, eyes, mouth, throat, and anus of both men and women. The symptoms appear about 2 to 10 days post exposure to infection. However, the symptoms can also start as late as 30 days after sexual contact. Some people can be infected but they may not have any obvious symptoms and symptoms may vary based on the site that is infected.
About 50% of infected women may show no symptoms especially in the initial stages of infection. Many women have mild symptoms. The common symptoms of gonorrhoea in women include:
If untreated, the infection can progress and lead to pelvic infection with inflammation of the fallopian tubes and ovaries. Symptoms of painful infection of the pelvis known as pelvic inflammatory disease or PID include:
Most men with gonorrhoea have symptoms and the symptoms are usually more apparent in men than women. Some of the symptoms in men are:
The rectum can also be involved in gonorrhoea. Some patients with rectal involvement may have no symptoms. Symptoms of a rectal infection in gonorrhoea include:
Gonococcal infection of the throat may or may not cause symptoms. Sore throat is the commonest symptom of throat involvement in gonorrhoea. Symptom of eye infection in gonorrhoeal include:
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