Gonorrhoea

Gonorrhoea is a bacterial STI easily passed on during sex. About 50% of women and 10% of men don't experience any symptoms and are unaware they're infected.

In women, gonorrhoea can cause:

  • pain or a burning sensation when urinating
  • a vaginal discharge (often watery, yellow or green)
  • pain in the lower abdomen during or after sex
  • bleeding during or after sex or between periods, sometimes causing heavy periods.

In men, gonorrhoea can cause:

  • pain or a burning sensation when urinating
  • a white, yellow or green discharge from the tip of the penis
  • pain or tenderness in the testicles.

It's also possible to have a gonorrhoea infection in your rectum (bottom), throat or eyes.

Gonorrhoea is diagnosed using a urine test or by taking a swab of the affected area. The infection is easily treated with antibiotics but can lead to serious long-term health problems if left untreated, including infertility.

Call 0333 300 2100 for more information about sexual health and contraception in Merton, Richmond and Wandsworth.
 

Read more about gonorrhoea via the NHS Choices website