Enquire now
Enquire NowCall Back Whatsapp Lab report/login



What is Gonorrhoea?

Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted infection affecting both males and females. The condition occurs due to a bacteria called ‘Neisseria gonorrhoea and is also referred to as ‘the clap’ at times.

The condition is a common STI that spreads through the transmission of vaginal fluids and semen. One can unknowingly affect the other person when both the opposite genders are in sexual activity without using protection.

An infected person can transmit the disease through different ways of sexual activities such as oral sexual intercourse, anal, or sharing sex toys.

When it comes to the severity of this condition, then it doesn’t pose any serious risks. However, it is essential to reach out to an expert healthcare provider as soon as possible. The infection can be mitigated by using safer precautionary methods before getting involved in sexual activities.

Gonorrhoea symptoms

In most cases, gonorrhoea infection doesn’t pose any evident symptoms. If an individual experiences any symptoms, then it entirely depends on their reproductive parts.

Men and women both may observe different symptoms.

Gonorrhoea Symptoms in men

Men can observe the signs of gonorrhoea after a few weeks as initially, they don’t realise if they have this condition. So, here are some of the gonorrhoea symptoms in men that they can notice:

  • Unusual discharge from the penis is the first sign that also involves variation in colour i.e. green, yellow, and white.
  • Men can also notice severe pain during urination.
  • Swelling in the testicles and testicular pain.

Gonorrhoea Symptoms in Females

Females usually don’t come across any major symptoms of gonorrhoea. Hence, it is important to get frequent checkups done. If a woman believes that she is exposed to infection, then here are the gonorrhoea symptoms in females:

  • Women can observe abnormal discharge from their vaginal area.
  • Painful sexual intercourse.
  • They can also experience vaginal bleeding while they are on their periods.
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain is common for women with gonorrhoea.

Gonorrhoea causes

Gonorrhoea is caused by the infection known as Neisseria gonorrhoeae. It makes its way into the body through vaginal and semen fluid.

Another main gonorrhoea cause is that usually people get involved in sexual activity without using protective methods. The gonorrhoea bacteria travels through reproductive parts such as the vaginal area, anus, and even mouth.

This condition can be passed on to the other person very easily even when there is the involvement of sharing sex toys. If the toys aren’t washed or covered with any protective methods, then there is a high chance that the person can get infected with the bacteria.

When to see a doctor

It is important to consult the doctor as soon as the gonorrhoea symptoms are observed. One must make an appointment when signs like a burning sensation in the reproductive organ and unusual vaginal or penis discharge are experienced.

An individual who is infected or diagnosed with gonorrhoea should also ask another partner to get tested for the condition. There are high chances of infecting the other person.

Gonorrhoea diagnosis

The gonorrhoea diagnosis will be initiated by a professional doctor. He/ she will begin by asking questions about the medical history and the sexual history of the infected individual. Once the doctor is clear with their doubts, the next step will be taking a sample of bodily fluids and urine to identify the gonorrhoea bacteria.

While the patient is being examined, here is how the gonorrhoea diagnosis is initiated:

  • Firstly, the doctor will initiate performing the pelvic exam. It will require a sample of fluid from the female cervix.
  • For men, the doctor will need a sample of penis fluid to confirm the gonorrhoea condition.
  • The doctor might also need a swab from the throat or rectum fluid to test the bacteria.
  • Lastly, to be certain the doctor will perform urine testing for confirmation of gonorrhoea.

The doctor will further discuss the best ways of testing to be sure of the condition. They might also order the testing for chlamydia as both conditions often occur together.

Gonorrhoea treatment

Once the gonorrhoea is confirmed, the doctor will initiate the treatment depending on the symptoms. Usually, gonorrhoea treatment is given by recommending antibiotics.

The condition is not treatable with over-the-counter drugs or any sort of home remedies. The doctor might suggest you take the antibiotic ceftriaxone. It is a one-time injection that will be given in the buttocks.

If an individual is allergic to ceftriaxone, then the doctor will recommend the Gentamicin injection. Additionally, the patient will be given azithromycin. It should be taken orally according to the doctor’s prescription. There is another medication recommended named doxycycline as it will benefit in clearing out the infection. The most important treatment for the condition is following all the doctor’s recommendations.

One should not anticipate certain things as antibiotics and medications will only help in treating the condition. It cannot:

  • Undo any harm caused by the infection already.
  • The treatment will help in relieving the symptoms and condition but will not protect from the infection in the future.

The doctor will also recommend some precautions that one can take to mitigate the probability of catching gonorrhoea infection.

Gonorrhoea prevention

For reducing the risk, there are certain tips for gonorrhoea prevention:

  • Ensure using the protective method before getting in touch with sexual intercourse.
  • It is important to restrict the number of sexual partners.
  • One should ensure getting tested for sexually transmitted infections frequently.
  • Don’t get involved with someone who has an active gonorrhoea infection.

Why should you choose Rukmani Birla Hospital, Jaipur for gonorrhoea treatment?

Rukmani Birla Hospital, Jaipur is a multi-special hospital and a NABH-accredited hospital. We have incorporated world-class facilities catering to healthcare requirements across the city. Integrated medical experts and advanced clinical infrastructure assist us in representing our commitment to quality patient care and clinical service.

We have state-of-the-art facilities that are well-planned by the doctors. Our main goal is to offer affordable clinical services with the finest patient satisfaction. Adaptability, honesty, and empathy toward patients are our primary values.

So, if you ever experience conditions like gonorrhoea, make sure to consult our experts. We have a team of the best and most experienced doctors for all health conditions.


How much does gonorrhoea take to spread through the body?

Gonorrhoea symptoms often take around two days to seven days however, it might take around 30 days for the symptoms to appear entirely.

Is gonorrhoea transmissible through touch?

Gonorrhoea spreads in the human body through a sexual activity like oral, and vaginal/penile sexual intercourse. The infection is not transmissible by touching objects such as toilet paper, tissues, or any other objects.

Can gonorrhoea come back?

Gonorrhoea is a condition that occurs through infection and yes high chances are there it can come back again. Usually, it comes back again among the people who don’t follow the right treatment or if the partner is left untreated.

Our Clinical Experts


Ms. Prerna Rathore

Patient Testimonial - Ms. Prerna Rathore | Rukmani Birla Hospital Jaipur

Learn more

Deepika Agarwal

RBH (Rukmani Birla Hospital) | Patient Testimonial | Deepika Agarwal

Learn more


Pregnancy journey experience with Gynaecologists & paediatrician at RBH Jaipur

Learn more

Mrs. Gargi

Happy Patient - Mrs. Gargi | Rukmani Birla Hospital Jaipur | Dr. Namrata Gupta | Obs & Gynae

Learn more

Mrs. Saroj Rani Jain

Patient Testimonial - Mrs. Saroj Rani Jain | Uterine Fibroid Surgery | Dr. Namrata Gupta

Learn more

Smt. Raajrani Jaiswal

Patient Experience - Smt. Raajrani Jaiswal | Cyst removal from reproductive organ | Dr. Namrata Gupta

Learn more

RBH Health Blogs