Caused by bacteria called Neisseria gonorrhea and is one of the most common STDs in the United States. Gonorrhea is spread by having vaginal or anal sex and by mouth. There are many antibiotics that can cure gonorrhea. They must be taken exactly as prescribed and your sex partner must be treated too. If your partner does not get treated, you can infect yourself again. As with chlamydia, many women that have this bacteria often experience mild or no symptoms.

Some of the symptoms may include the following: Painful or burning sensation when urinating, increased vaginal discharge, vaginal bleeding between periods, pain during intercourse, abdominal pain, nausea or fever. Anal symptoms include discharge, itching, bleeding and painful bowel movements; oral symptoms include sore throat.

If left untreated there could be a risk of serious complications. It could lead to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, also known as PID. PID could cause serious damage to your reproductive organs, can also lead to infertility or chronic pelvic pain and could also increase your risk for ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy that is outside the uterus). Diagnosing gonorrhea can only be done at your doctor’s office, there they can take a sample swab and send it into the lab or some places can even check it through urine samples. Pregnant women who give birth and have the bacteria can pass it to the baby. It can cause blindness, joint infection, or even life threatening blood infections.

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