Sometimes, no matter how you protect yourself, there is always a tendency that you’ll get sick or get infected with germs, diseases and infections. They can actually contribute to other complications later on if left untreated.
Gonorrhea is sexually transmitted diseases that can be acquired by both men and women. This is due to bacterial and viral infection transmitted through sexual, oral and some cases mother to child transfer.
There are actually lots of common questions men and women have concerning Gonorrhea, so I decide to do some extensive research to come up with helpful and factual information concerning Gonorrhea FAQ.
What Is Gonorrhea?
Gonorrhea is caused by the bacteria Gonorrhoea neisseria through sexual contact with another person. Bacteria are usually found in the mucous area such as vagina, penis, throat and rectum.
But they can also grow in mouth, eyes, cervix (opening to the womb), uterus (womb), and fallopian tubes (egg canals) in women, and in the urethra (urine canal) in women and men.
How Common Is Gonorrhea?
According to WHO (World Health Organization) an estimated 500 million people become ill because of chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis and trichomoniasis. All of these are sexually transmitted diseases.
Can you imagine the number of people affected by these dangerous acts? Sometimes, you might forget that sex comes with great responsibility.
Gonorrhea is prevalent in women among women. In 2010, the gonorrhea rate was 106.5 cases per 100,000 population among women and 94.1 per 100,000 populations among men.
Usually Gonorrhea is rampant in younger people ages 15-30 years old who have several sexual partners. According to researchers Gonorrhea is more frequent in urban areas than from rural areas.
How Is Gonorrhea Transmitted?
Gonorrhea can be transmitted through penis, vagina, mouth even anus. Also, Gonorrhea can also be transmitted from mother to baby during birth.
If you’ve experienced gonorrhea before and freed from it, it is still possible for you to acquire it again.
How Do I know If I’m a Gonorrhea Carrier?
What’s difficult about Gonorrhea is that sometimes it comes with no symptoms at all.
Symptoms usually occur within 2-10 days after exposure but they could take up to 30 days to progress.
Common Gonorrhea symptoms in women would include pain and burning sensation every time you urinate, pain during sexual intercourse, fever, chill and sore throat.
Men would usually experience painful urination, discharge in the penis (pus-like) and pain and swelling of testicle.
A person can continuously spread the infection until appropriately treated.
Who Are At Risk Of Gonorrhea?
Sexually active person can be infected with Gonorrhea. Research shows that in United States highest reported rates of infection are among sexually active teenagers, young adults, and African Americans.
What Are The Complications Associated With Gonorrhea?
Gonorrhea left untreated can be very dangerous to your health. Women usually develop the disease called PID or pelvic inflammatory disease.
“PID can lead to irreversible damage to the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, or other parts of the female reproductive system, and is the primary preventable cause of infertility in women”, as WebMD explained.
In men, Gonorrhea could actually develop into epididymitis. It is the inflammation of the coiled tube on the back of the testicle also called as epididymis.
People who left their conditioned untreated make it easy for them to acquire Human Immunodeficiency Virus or the killer HIV
How Can The Baby Acquire Gonorrhea?
The time the mother (infected with Gonorrhea) delivers her baby, given that the baby passes through the birth canal.
The baby can suffer from blindness, infections among joints and worse septicaemia.
It is very important that once the mother feels and thinks that she may acquire Gonorrhea then it would be best to seek medical help to avoid passing the disease.
How Is Gonorrhea Diagnosed?
Doctors would usually perform various tests to determine if you are positive from Gonorrhea.
They would usually drive out sample from your body parts that are most likely to be infected.
Some would undergo urine test or gram staining to determine the presence of Gonorrhea neisseria.
Once it is established that you have Gonorrhea, you need to take necessary medications, antibiotics for instance depending on your Doctor.
Take note that some bacteria are resistant to antibiotics so you have to take your medicines strictly.
How Can Gonorrhea Prevented?
One sure way not to get Gonorrhea is the absence of sexual contact.
You can still have sex but only with one partner (monogamous relationship) who is free from Gonorrhea.
Condom and later condom cannot prevent Gonorrhea 100% but can only lessen its transmission.
The moment you feel any abnormalities in your body it is a signal that you take necessary precursors as soon as possible.
Know that your body has its own way of signalling you that something is not right inside. So make sure that you take care if yourself the best way.