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Gonorrhea - When To Call a Doctor

Gonorrhea causes no long-term problems if it is treated early in the course of the infection before any complications develop. Untreated gonorrhea can lead to many complications.

In women:

Call your doctor immediately if you have the following symptoms.

  • Sudden, severe pain in the lower belly
  • Lower belly pain with vaginal bleeding or discharge and a fever of 100 °F (38 °C) or higher
  • Urinary burning, frequent urination, or inability to urinate and a fever of 100 °F (38 °C) or higher

Call your doctor to find out when an evaluation is needed if you have the following symptoms.

  • Vaginal discharge that has become yellowish, thicker, or bad-smelling
  • Bleeding between periods that occurs more than once when periods are usually regular
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Bleeding after sexual intercourse
  • Sores, bumps, rashes, blisters, or warts on or around the genital or anal area
  • Anal itching, discomfort, bleeding, or discharge.
  • Burning, pain, or itching with urination or frequent urination lasting longer than 24 hours
  • Pelvic or lower belly pain that occurs without a known cause, such as diarrhea or menstrual cramps
  • Pinkeye (conjunctivitis)

Call your doctor or clinic if you have unprotected sex with someone who has, or who you think may have, a sexually transmitted infection.

In men:

Call your doctor immediately if you have the following symptoms.

  • Discharge from the penis and a fever of 100 °F (38 °C) or higher
  • Urinary burning, frequent urination, or inability to urinate and a fever of 100 °F (38 °C) or higher
  • Pain, swelling, or tenderness in the scrotum and a fever of 100 °F (38 °C) or higher

Call your doctor to find out when an evaluation is needed if you have the following symptoms.

  • Sores, bumps, rashes, blisters, or warts on or around the genital or anal areas
  • Burning, pain, or itching with urination or frequent urination lasting longer than 24 hours
  • Suspected exposure to a sexually transmitted infection
  • Abnormal discharge from the penis
  • Pinkeye (conjunctivitis)
  • Anal itching, discomfort, bleeding, or discharge.

Call your doctor or clinic if you have unprotected sex with someone who has, or who you think may have, a sexually transmitted infection.

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Last Updated: March 26, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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