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Signs and Symptoms of Gonorrhea

In general, signs and symptoms of gonorrhea will appear within 2 to 10 days after exposure to an infected partner, although not everyone who is infected will have any indications. Symptoms in women include bleeding between menstrual periods and abnormal vaginal discharge. Signs and symptoms of gonorrhea in men include a burning sensation when urinating and green or yellow pus from the penis with pain.

Signs and Symptoms of Gonorrhea: An Overview

Signs and symptoms of gonorrhea usually appear within 2 to 10 days after sexual contact with an infected partner. However, some people may be infected for several months without showing any indications of gonorrhea. The bacteria from gonorrhea are carried in semen and vaginal fluids, and can cause a discharge.

Signs and Symptoms of Gonorrhea in Women

Although most women with gonorrhea do not have any symptoms, women who do have signs and symptoms of gonorrhea will usually see them within 10 days of getting the sexually transmitted infection (STI).
Symptoms of gonorrhea in women may include:
  • Pain or burning sensation when passing urine
  • Vaginal discharge that is yellow or bloody
  • Bleeding between menstrual periods
  • Heavy bleeding with periods
  • Pain during sex.
Any genital symptoms, such as discharge, burning during urination, or pain during sex, should be a signal to stop having sex and to see a doctor right away. Women with gonorrhea are at risk of developing serious complications from the infection, even if there are no symptoms.

Signs and Symptoms of Gonorrhea in Men

Although many men with gonorrhea may not have any symptoms, some men will have signs and symptoms of gonorrhea that appear 2 to 5 days after infection. In some cases, symptoms can take as long as 30 days to appear.
Symptoms of gonorrhea in men can include:
  • A burning sensation when urinating
  • A white, yellow, or green discharge from the penis
  • Painful or swollen testicles.

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