Gonorrhea is a commonly occurring STD that happens in both men and women. Learn about some of the basic things that you must know about it.
Statistics has it that gonorrhea is the most commonly sexually transmitted disease that affects over 700,000 people in the United States. It was reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that 120.9 per 100,000 people in the U.S. had gonorrhea in the year 2006.
As is obvious from the fact that gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease, it spreads through sexual activity that may be oral, vaginal or anal intercourse. The bacteria that cause gonorrhea grow in great numbers in warm areas of a human’s reproductive tract like the cervix, anus, urethra, fallopian tubes and uterus. Gonorrhea can be found in men as well as women.
The best way to make sure that you do not contract gonorrhea is by using a condom whenever you engage in some form of sexual activity with your partner. Take yourself and your partner to the doctor to check for gonorrhea before having unprotected sexual intercourse. The same applies to you have multiple partners or have just got into a relationship with a new person.
The symptoms of gonorrhea do not always show up, thus allowing the bacteria to find room to grow in great numbers and advance the stage of the disease. Some symptoms that show up include a burning sensation and pain while urinating, penile or vaginal discharge, etc. If you notice these symptoms, make sure that you proscribe sexual activity until you have been treated.
Women with gonorrhea tend to experience pain and burning sensation during urinating, painful sexual intercourse, vaginal discharge with a strong fish-like odour and pain in the stomach. Sometimes, women may not even experience any of these symptoms but still be suffering from the disease, which gets accidently diagnosed when visiting the doctor for a routine check-up.
If you have been experiencing these symptoms of gonorrhea, make sure that you seek help from the doctor immediately or the disease may get worse. For instance, the bacteria may spread to different areas around the uterus and finally lead to infertility. Pregnant women who have gonorrhea may on lack of treatment for the condition transfer the disease to their baby as well.
Men with gonorrhea have a frequent urge to urinate and tend to experience pain while urinating. Penile discharge along with pain and swelling of the testicles is common among men with gonorrhea. Sometimes, these symptoms would not show up but if you are doubt that you may be suffering from the disease, visit the doctor immediately.
Not seeking treatment when the symptoms show or when the disease has advanced to a later stage makes a man infertile. Swelling and pain in the testicles may be experienced with lack of diagnosis at an advanced stage of the disease.
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