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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: June 04, 2014
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