Symptoms: In women the early symptoms are often mild. Up to 80 percent of women have no symptoms at all. Even when a woman has symptoms, they are often mistaken for a vaginal infection or bladder infection. The early symptoms and signs in women include painful, burning sensation when urinating and a yellowish vaginal discharge. It might also be bloody discharge.
Men: Only about 50 percent of men have some signs or symptoms. These will include: a burning sensation while urinating and a yellowish-white discharge from the penis. Sometimes men with gonorrhea get painful and swollen testicles.
Other: A person can also get gonorrhea in the mouth, throat, or anus. Obviously from having sex in any of those places. (Yes, this does include the throat from a "blow job", or oral sex). Infection in the throat has few symptoms. Signs of an anal infection include discharge, anal itching, bleeding, and sometimes painful bowel movements.
Incubation Period: Two to seven days, sometimes two weeks.
Treatment: When treated early gonorrhea is easily treated and cured with antibiotics (oral) and often a shot of penicillin in the buttocks when first diagnosed. Take all your medication until it is finished, even if your symptoms are gone. You can get this infection again at any time in your life.
Left Untreated: Women with untreated gonorrhea frequently get PID - pelvic inflammatory disease. Of those with PID, about 20 percent will become infertile and about 18 percent will experience painful, chronic pelvic pain. As with all PID cases, this increases the risk of a tubal pregnancy, which is life-threatening.
In men, gonorrhea can cause epididumitis, (the structure attached to the testicle that helps transport sperm). This can cause scarring tissue which can cause a man to become infertile. It can also cause a painful condition of the testicles that can lead to infertility also. The prostate can also become infected from gonorrhea, leading to scarring inside the urethra making urination difficult.
With treatment this bacterial infection can be cured. If you get gonorrhea both you and your partner(s) need to be treated to prevent reinfection.