Preventing gonorrhea entails abstaining from sex, being faithful, and using condoms. Understanding (and using) birth control, talking to your partner and doctor, having regular pelvic exams, and getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases are other prevention methods. The most effective means of preventing gonorrhea is to practice abstinence (not having vaginal, oral, or anal sex).
Steps you can take as part of preventing gonorrhea include:
- Don't have sex
- Be faithful
- Use condoms
- Understand birth control
- Talk to your partner and doctor
- Have regular pelvic exams
- Get tested.
The best way of preventing gonorrhea, or any sexually transmitted disease (STD), is to practice abstinence (not having vaginal, oral, or anal sex).
Another way to reduce your chances of getting infected is to have a sexual relationship with only one partner who has been tested for gonorrhea and is not infected. Be faithful to each other, meaning that you only have sex with each other and no one else.
Protect yourself with a condom every time you have vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Condoms should be used for any type of sex, with every partner. For vaginal sex, use a latex male condom or a female polyurethane condom. For anal sex, use a latex male condom. For oral sex, use a dental dam, which is a rubbery material that can be placed over the anus or the vagina before sexual contact.
Know that some methods of birth control, like birth control pills, shots, implants, or diaphragms, will not protect you from sexually transmitted disease. If you use one of these methods, be sure to also use a latex condom or dental dam (used for oral sex) correctly every time you have sex.