Let’s Talk STIs: What is Gonorrhoea?

Today we are talking about gonorrhoea. Understandably, it can be a topic that makes us want to squirm in our seats. However, it is important that we educate ourselves on this sexually transmitted infection (STI) so we know what we can do to avoid it. It is also vital that those who do become infected understand what they can do to treat it.

This short guide will discuss gonorrhoea in its entirety. Some of the topics discussed include what gonorrhoea is, the symptoms, treatment and antibiotic-resistant gonorrhoea.

What Is Gonorrhoea?

Gonorrhoea is an STI caused by bacteria, most often found in discharge from the penis and vagina. It can also be found in the urine, rectum and conjunctiva. This bacteria is called Neisseria Gonorrhoeae. You may be surprised to know that this is a common STI that many sexually active people face as they grow older. The infection is readily passed between people who share unwashed sex toys and those who engage in unprotected vaginal, oral or anal sex. The conditions can infect the penis, vagina, anus, cervix and urethra. There have even been cases where it can affect the throat and eyes. 

Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhoea

Gonorrhoea is treated with antibiotics. However, a new strain of the infection has recently been brought to light. Antibiotic-resistant gonorrhoea, also known as super gonorrhoea, is a strain of bacteria that has mutated over time. It has become resistant to some of the antibiotics traditionally used to treat the infection. Although this can sound daunting, we must educate ourselves on these new strains to learn what we need to do to treat them. Check out this guide from Yoxly for more information on treating this new strain of the infection and the symptoms associated with it.


So, what can you do to avoid gonorrhoea? As previously discussed, the STI is spread through fluids like semen. So, the best way to prevent the infection is to not have sex at all. However, we understand that this is not a feasible solution for most of us. So, when we do engage in sexual intercourse, we should use protection. Avoid having sex without a condom and if you share sex toys with your partner, always make sure they are clean. It would also help if you schedule regular std testing. This will help to keep both you and your sexual partners as safe as possible.


Gonorrhoea can be a difficult infection to detect in its very early stages, as some people do not experience symptoms until days or weeks after contracting the infection. Around 10 to 15% of infected men will not experience obvious symptoms. However, those who do usually start to develop them within two weeks of contracting the infection. Some of the symptoms for men include inflammation of the foreskin, a burning sensation when they urinate, and an unusual discharge from the tip of the penis, which may be white, yellow or green in colour. Gonorrhoea can also cause pain in the testicles, rectal discomfort or a sore throat. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, you must consult with your doctor at your earliest convenience.


You may seek some comfort knowing that gonorrhoea is a condition that can easily be treated once you have visited a medical professional. They will prescribe you some antibiotics to help you eliminate the infection altogether. The right antibiotic may be administered via injection, or it may be a course of tablets. In some cases, you may need more than one antibiotic. However, your doctor will discuss this with you at your appointment. It’s crucial to follow your prescribed treatment plan diligently. Additionally, some individuals find that supplementing with essential nutrients, such as vitamin iv chiang mai therapy, can support overall health during the recovery process. Remember to take your antibiotics exactly as prescribed, and your healthcare provider will guide you through the necessary steps for a complete recovery. Failure to follow the recommended course could result in the infection persisting in your body. You will be asked to abstain from all intercourse until the infection is adequately treated and may need to return for a test of cure.

If you have any concerns at all, ensure that you reach out to your doctor.

Anabel Cooper

Anabel is a graduate of King’s College London and upon graduating, she set out on a journey to inspire and empower women through her words. Besides working as a digital marketing expert, Anabel is a freelance copywriter.