Gonorrhoea Symptoms What are symptoms of Gonorrhoea?

For many people infected with gonorrhoea, there are no symptoms and thus it is difficult to detect and treat. This is why it spreads so easily. If you do have symptoms, they usually appear one to 14 days after becoming infected although it can be months before you notice its effects, by which times it can spread to other parts of the body. A common symptom for men and women is pain or burning sensation when peeing, but be careful as this is often confused with a urine infection.

Gonorrhoea - man symptoms

What are typical symptoms of gonorrhoea in men?

Around 90% of men have symptoms. These include:

  • Discharge from the penis, which can be white, cloudy, yellow or green
  • Irritation, burning or tingling inside of the penis
  • Painful or burning sensation when peeing
  • Urge to pee more frequently
  • Swollen and painful testicles
  • Pain around the back passage
Gonorrhoea - woman symptoms

What are typical symptoms of gonorrhoea in women?

Gonorrhoea is more difficult to detect in women with the vast majority showing no symptoms at all. However, as women can pass it on to babies during childbirth, it is extremely important that they are tested. When they do occur, symptoms include:

  • Vaginal discharge (often confused with a yeast infection such as thrush)
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Pain in the lower stomach and pelvis area
  • Painful or burning sensation when peeing
  • Urge to pee more frequently
  • Pain around the back passage

Gonorrhoea does not just affect the genital area. The following symptoms can occur in other parts of the body in both men and women:

  • Painful joints and tendons (arthritis)
  • Eye pain, itching, discharge and sensitivity to light
  • Sore throat and swollen neck glands
  • Skin rashes on the chest, hands, arms and legs
  • Flu-like symptoms such as fever and chills