Do you have Gonorrhea? Are you struggling with Gonorrhea treatment? Have you ever tried any treatment for gonorrhea and it didn’t work? Or do you want to treat gonorrhea? This article is meant for you
No one wants to think about contracting sexually transmitted infections and diseases. Yet, they’re extremely common—many men and women will experience one at some point in their lifetimes. Many STIs, gonorrhea included, rarely show any obvious symptoms. So, understanding how to prevent these conditions, along with how they are diagnosed and treated, is one of the best ways to avoid any long-term problems.
What is gonorrhea?
Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that affects both men and women. Caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae, more than 550,000 cases were reported in 2017 alone across the United States. Most commonly spread through sexual contact, some people who carry the infection show no symptoms.
Others may experience symptoms including, but not limited to, a burning sensation during urination or abnormal discharge from the penis or vagina. Fortunately, most cases of gonorrhea are curable with antibiotics, although some studies show the bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant to treatment, which makes prevention even more essential.
How is gonorrhea diagnosed?
Gonorrhea (or systemic gonococcal infection) is transmitted through sexual activities, including oral, anal, or vaginal sex, with a person carrying the infection. Risk of contracting the infection increases if you participate in unprotected sex with no condom.
It is essential for sexually active people to get regularly screened and tested for STDs and STIs. “Not everyone with gonorrhea will have symptoms. In fact, more than half of infected persons may show no symptoms and be unaware of the infection.
This is the reason that sexually active individuals, especially young ones and multiple partners, should have testing done frequently,” says Amir G Nasseri, MD, FACOG, an obstetrician-gynecologist (OB-GYN) that specializes in STI treatment and diagnosis at Her Choice Women’s Clinic in Santa Ana, California.
Although many infected people show no symptoms of a gonorrhea infection, there are some signs that could lead to diagnosis.
These symptoms include:
Increased frequency or urgency to urinate
Swelling or redness on the head of the penis
Discolored discharge from the penis
Tender or swollen testicles
Discolored or excessive vaginal discharge
Pain during sex
Sharp pain in the lower abdomen
Increased urgency of urination
Stinging or pain while urinating
Given many of the symptoms are similar to those of other infectious diseases, like chlamydia, it can make them more difficult to identify. This is why symptoms alone are rarely enough to diagnose gonorrhea.
It’s unlikely you’ll need to visit a specialist to diagnose and treat gonorrhea, as your family doctor or general practitioner can perform necessary tests and prescribe treatment.
In the United States, you may find state-funded health clinics that provide free testing and treatment for gonorrhea.
When you do go to see your doctor, here are some questions that might help make an accurate diagnosis:
Are you taking any medications?
What is your medical history?
Are you sexually active?
Do you have unprotected sex?
Have you been exposed to any STDs?
What symptoms have you experienced?
When did these symptoms start?
Are your symptoms continuous or sporadic?
As uncomfortable as it can be to speak with a doctor about personal issues, it’s important to be open and answer questions honestly. They’re there to help, and the more information they have, the better treatment they can provide so you can get back to your healthiest self.
Some questions you may want to ask your doctor include:
What tests do I need?
Should my partner also be tested?
Will the tests uncover any other sexually transmitted diseases or infections like chlamydia?
When can I start having sex again?
What are the treatment options available?
Can I prevent this going forward?
What are the risks of leaving any STDs untreated?
In order to diagnose gonorrhea, your healthcare provider will likely perform a simple few tests:
Fluid swabs from potentially infected areas including the penis, vagina, and mouth
A urine test to check for any bacteria (specifically gonorrhea)
Test results are usually available in 24 hours to three days.
After an infection is confirmed, your doctor will prescribe a treatment plan and schedule any necessary follow-ups.
How to prevent gonorrhea
Here are some ways you can prevent the disease:
Abstain from sexual intercourse
Always use condoms when engaging in sexual activity, be it vaginal, anal, or oral
Engage in sexual activities only with partners that have tested negative for the infection
If you are sexually active, get tested regularly for sexually transmitted diseases and infections so they can be treated and prevent spreading to sexual partners
Due to increased exposure, you are at increased risk of contracting the infection if you participate in unprotected sex with multiple partners.
What is the best treatment for gonorrhea?
‘Gono’ can be cured with antibiotics prescribed by your doctor. Your healthcare provider will be able to advise on the best course of medication based on your medical history and condition.
Which antibiotic is best for gonorrhea treatment?
Per CDC recommendations, many doctors prescribe dual therapy, including an injection of ceftriaxone, plus a tablet of either azithromycin or a treatment course of doxycycline. The CDC recommends a single dose of azithromycin, which has been shown to be effective. Only your doctor can determine which antibiotic is best for you based on your medical history and condition.
How can I treat gonorrhea fast?
Speak to your doctor, who will prescribe the most appropriate treatment of antibiotics. ‘Gono’ should clear up quickly with effective antibiotic treatment.
How long does it take for gonorrhea treatment?
Symptoms can clear up within 1-2 days of taking antibiotics; however, it may take up to two weeks for any pain in your pelvis of testicles to dissipate. It is recommended you are retested one week after taking antibiotics to confirm you are clear of the infection.
Can gonorrhea go away on its own?
It is unclear if ‘Gono’ can go away on its own. If left untreated, it can cause painful complications and severe, permanent damage to reproductive organs. It can, however, be cured with antibiotics.
What happens if you don’t treat gonorrhea?
If left untreated, gonorrhea can cause permanent damage to both male and female reproductive organs, leading to infertility. It can also cause severe abdominal pain.