Gonorrhea is an STI/ STD caused by a bacterium called Neisseria gonorrheae.

It can be contracted through vaginal sex, oral sex or anal sex. People who have previously had gonorrhea can contract it again.

Gonorrhea is another form of sexually transmitted infection (STD) treated at Hazelhill Family Practice

When treated quickly gonorrhea does not usually lead to any long terms problems.

However if left untreated gonorrhea can spread to other parts of the body and this can result in more serious health issues. This can include causing infections in skin and joints.

Gonorrhea can lead to women developing pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which causes abdominal and pelvic pain. It can also lead to infertility and ectopic pregnancy (ie a pregnancy outside the womb).

For men gonorrhea can cause painful infections in their testicles.

Anyone suffering from Gonorrhea can be tested and treated at Hazelhill Family Practice. We help patients from across Mayo and the rest of Connacht.

What are the symptoms of gonorrhea?

Like some other forms of STI/ STD, in many cases people who have contracted gonorrhea experience no symptoms. It is believed that as many as 50% of women and 10% of men with gonorrhea show no genital symptoms. While a gonorrhea infection in the throat or rectum will cause no symptoms at all.

However for other people there are some tell-tale symptoms which can indicate a gonorrhea infection.

Common gonorrhea symptoms for women:

  • A change in the colour/ smell or amount of discharge from the vagina.
  • Bleeding experienced between periods.
  • Heavier periods.
  • Burning sensation when passing urine.
  • Lower abdominal pain.

Common gonorrhea symptoms for men:

  • Discharge from the end of the penis.
  • Discomfort or pain experienced in the testicles.
  • Burning sensation when passing urine.

What is the treatment for gonorrhea?

Firstly to diagnose gonorrhea a sample is taken from the genital area.

If gonorrhea is found to be present then it is usually treated with antibiotics.

Many people who contract gonorrhea are also prescribed a second antibiotic to treat chlamydia. This other form of STI/ STD is common amongst those who are infected with gonorrhea.

The key thing to remember is that if you do become infected with gonorrhea it is vital that you receive treatment as quickly as possible, reducing the risk of further complications and serious health problems.

Cost of consultation about gonorrhea:

At Hazelhill Family Practice, the cost for patients who wish to have a consultation about a possible sexually transmitted infection (STI)/ sexually transmitted disease (STD) such as gonorrhea is as follows:

ProcedurePrivate PatientsGMS Patients
STI/ STD health screen, including tests and follow up€80€80

How do I make an appointment at Hazelhill Family Practice?

To book your consultation about a possible sexually transmitted infection at Hazelhill Family Practice click here.

You can also call the Hazelhill Family Practice on 094 9630091.

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