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STD GONORRHEA: WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS IN WOMEN?

by admin - March 27th, 2009.
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About 10 percent of men and 20-40 percent of women are symptom free. If a person infected with gonorrhea experiences symptoms, the symptoms usually appear within a few days of infection, but they may develop at any time from one day to a few weeks afterward.

Women

Symptoms of cervical infection with gonorrhea are discharge (often yellow) from the vagina and spotting between periods or after sexual intercourse. Between 10 and 20 percent of women who are infected with gonorrhea develop PID. With PID, the infection moves from the cervix up into the uterus, Fallopian tubes, and ovaries, and there can be pain in the pelvis, pain with intercourse, and fever in addition to discharge and bleeding. There is a risk of infertility caused by the scarring that can occur; this scarring also puts women at increased risk of an ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy outside the womb, such as in the Fallopian tubes). Pelvic pain from the scarring caused by an untreated gonorrheal infection can be chronic—lasting a lifetime for some women.

A woman can also acquire a gonorrheal infection of the Bartholin’s glands; located inside the vaginal opening, these glands provide lubrication for the vagina. Gonorrheal infection of these glands causes a painful, noticeable swelling at the vaginal opening. The urethra can also become infected in women, causing painful urination which may feel like that experienced with a common bladder infection. Finally, the gonorrheal infection can move to the abdominal area and cause infection around the liver (a condition called Fitz-Hugh Curtis syndrome), producing pain in the upper right part of the abdomen.

Women with gonorrheal infection in the cervix can also experience it in the rectum, even if they have not received anal sex. Most likely this co-infection results from secretions from the genital area reaching the anal area and causing infection.

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