What Is Gonorrhea Discharge?

The symptoms associated with gonorrhea can sometimes be misdiagnosed for other conditions.
Pus discharge from the penis may be due to gonorrhea.
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  • Written By: Jessica Ellis
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  • Last Modified Date: 28 August 2014
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Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection that can affect both men and women. Though not always symptomatic, one of the most commons signs of the condition is gonorrhea discharge, which presents as a white or green thick liquid issuing from the penis or vagina. Discharge and the underlying infection is easy to misdiagnosis, especially in women, but can usually be quickly and effectively treated when discovered.

The infection is caused by a bacterial infection that is easily transmitted through sexual fluids and contact. Symptoms, including gonorrhea discharge, usually appear within one or two weeks of exposure, but may not always occur. One of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in existence, it is also quite responsive to treatment. It is possible to become reinfected, however, if exposure continues or recurs.

The gonorrhea discharge can have a varied look or texture. It is often yellow, green, or white, and may be a combination of these colors. The discharge is usually thick and has a creamy or clumpy texture. It may be itchy or have a strong odor, though this is not true in all cases.

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Discharge related to gonorrhea is more common in men; women are somewhat less likely to show symptoms and may easily confuse the discharge with a yeast infection or normal discharge. This can slow down the diagnosis of many women with gonorrhea, as many women self-treat yeast infections with over the counter medication. Proper diagnosis is important, as untreated the infection can lead to serious health problems, including severe infections and infertility.

Although gonorrhea discharge is one of the most common symptoms of the infection, there are other symptoms to be on the look out for, especially if discharge is present. Urination may be painful, and frequency or urgency may increase. Sex may become extremely painful for both men and women. Genital areas may become itchy or swollen-feeling. Combined with discharge, these symptoms make a diagnosis more likely.

It is important to maintain good hygiene if gonorrhea discharge occurs. Wash all garments thoroughly and with soap, and try to keep the genital area clean and dry. Transmission chances can be reduced by using barrier methods of contraception, such as condoms, though these do not offer foolproof protection. To stop gonorrhea discharge as soon as possible, it is important to visit a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. Usually once treated, the infection will not recur unless the patient is re-exposed to the bacteria.

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nanny3
Post 2

Did you know that gonorrhea discharge can be confused with chlamydia symptoms, or that they can coincide with each other? Yep, they sure can.

I think that it is pretty standard practice for doctor’s to check for both if they have already found one, but I would make sure and specify that I did not have both for sure before ever leaving the office.

And by all means, do go to the doctor and don’t just wait around being all humiliated. Chlamydia and gonorrhea both can leave some lasting and devastating effects, including infertility.

That can last a lot longer than a little embarressment. Plus, your doctor's seen it all anyway.

Eviemae
Post 1

Gonorrhea discharge is just one of those STD symptoms that nobody wants to exactly talk to their doctor about. As a result, many people go without proper treatment for a while.

Add to that the fact that gonorrhea can mimic so many other common and less scary options, and you could have a regular epidemic going around before you know it.

That is why it is so important to make sure that you use protection, particularly if you are not monogamous or if you have reason to believe that your partner is not.

But if you do think you could have a sexually transmitted disease, don’t feel like you are the only one who ever had one. Just go ahead and get the help you need to get well and learn from past mistakes that got you in the situation.

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