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In most cases, men will have symptoms of gonorrhea more often than women. Symptoms in men include white, yellow, or green pus from the penis with pain, burning sensations during urination, and swollen testicles. Symptoms in women may include bleeding associated with vaginal intercourse, painful or burning sensations when urinating, or yellow or bloody vaginal discharge. For women, early symptoms are often mild.

Signs and Symptoms of Gonorrhea: An Overview

Gonorrhea symptoms usually appear within 2 to 10 days after sexual contact with an infected partner; however, symptoms can appear up to 30 days after sexual contact. A small number of people may be infected for several months without showing symptoms. The bacteria from gonorrhea are carried in semen and vaginal fluids, and can cause discharge.

Gonorrhea Symptoms in Women

For women, early symptoms of gonorrhea are often mild. Symptoms in women may include:
  • Bleeding associated with vaginal intercourse
  • Painful or burning sensations when urinating
  • Yellow or bloody vaginal discharge.
More advanced symptoms in women, which may indicate development of PID (pelvic inflammatory disease), include:
  • Cramps and pain
  • Bleeding between menstrual periods
  • Vomiting
  • Fever.

Symptoms in Men

In most cases, men will have gonorrhea symptoms more often than women. Symptoms in men may include:
  • White, yellow, or green pus from the penis with pain
  • Burning sensations during urination that may be severe
  • Swollen testicles.
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