Pharmacy Corner
Common STIs – Anywhere but there! What happens when I get gonorrhea?

What happens when I get gonorrhea?

Gonorrhea can cause several different symptoms. Usually men will experience a burning sensation when urinating, a white, yellow or green discharge from the penis1. Women can experience painful urination, increased vaginal discharge and vaginal bleeding between periods1.

Gonorrhea can also affect the rectum, causing anal itching, discharge, spots of bright red blood on toilet tissue and the need to strain during bowel movenets2

What should I do if I think I have gonorrhea?

You should see your doctor if you notice any unusual symptoms such as burning when you pee, any discharge from your penis, vagina or rectum2. If your partner has been diagnosed with gonorrhea, you should see your doctor even if you don’t have any symptoms2.

How is it treated?

Gonorrhea is usually treated with antibiotics3. If symptoms persist a few days after treatment, you should see your doctor to be checked again. To avoid re-infection of gonorrhea, avoid having unprotected sex for seven days after you and your sex partner(s) have completed treatment and after the symptoms are gone2.