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Men who have gonorrhea symptoms may experience burning sensations during urination, swollen testicles, and white, yellow, or green pus from the penis with pain. Symptoms in women include bleeding associated with vaginal intercourse, burning sensations when urinating, or yellow or bloody vaginal discharge. However, not everyone who is infected will have symptoms of gonorrhea; therefore, regular testing is important for all sexually active people.

Signs and Symptoms of Gonorrhea: An Introduction

Signs and symptoms of gonorrhea 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 any symptoms. The bacteria from gonorrhea are carried in semen and vaginal fluids, and can cause discharge.

Gonorrhea Symptoms in Women

For women, early symptoms are often mild. Symptoms 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 the 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 symptoms more often than women do. Gonorrhea 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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