For a lot of people in Africa, Sexually Transmitted Infections like Gonorrhea are at the back of their minds because HIV/AIDS has taken centre stage. Nonetheless, this sneaky STI shouldn’t be ignored as it can have serious effects like infertility if left untreated for a while.
Unfortunately, unlike men who get the symptoms within a week or so after getting infected, most women do not have glaring symptoms. The disease can easily be mistaken for another disease.
Luckily, if you are keen enough, you can spot it and nip it in the bud if your body displays the following symptoms:
1.Spotting or Bleeding Between Periods
This happens when the cervix becomes inflamed from the infection.
This is one of the main symptoms in women. The discharge could be yellow, bloody or greenish with an odour.
3.Pain or Burning During Urination
Painful urination can be caused by many things like Kidney stones, Urinary Tract Infection or Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), such as Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, and Herpes.
4.Pain in the Pelvis
“Some women may have a dull, aching pelvic pain that’s distinctly different from premenstrual symptoms or cramps,” explains Dr Okeoma Mmejen of the University of Michigan Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital. If painkillers do not get rid of the pain, see a doctor.
If you are bleeding during or after sex, you should get checked out. It could be due to a myriad of reasons including Gonorrhoea.
6. You Have A Very Unhappy Anus
As if the symptoms above are not bad enough, Gonorrhoea can also be present in the anus. It will manifest itself in three ways according to an article on Planned Parenthood.
- Itching in or around your anus
- Discharge from your anus
- Pain when you defecate
STIs like Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Syphilis, HIV, Hepatitis A, or Herpes can leave you feeling feverish. If the fever is accompanied by fatigue and ticks the boxes above, it could be Chlamydia or Gonorrhoea.
Remember, if you are diagnosed with Gonorrhea do not panic as its easily treated with antibiotics.