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Gonorrhoea symptoms

Most women with gonorrhoea have no symptoms at all.

Some men, especially those with throat or anus infection, also have no symptoms.

In women, when symptoms do occur, they usually develop within 10 days of infection. In women, symptoms may include:

  • unusual vaginal discharge
  • pain, discomfort or burning sensation when passing urine
  • pelvic pain, especially during sex
  • irregular bleeding, especially between periods or after sex
  • anal discharge and discomfort
  • sore, dry throat.

In men, when symptoms do occur, they usually develop within one to three days. In men, symptoms may include:

  • thick, yellow or white discharge from the penis
  • pain, discomfort or burning sensation when passing urine
  • pain in the testes (balls)
  • redness around the opening of the penis
  • anal discharge and discomfort
  • sore, dry throat.

Occasionally gonorrhoea can involve the eyes, joints, heart or brain, causing permanent damage.

Not sure what to do next?

If you are still concerned about gonorrhoea (the clap), check your symptoms with healthdirect's online Symptom Checker to get advice on when to seek medical attention.

The Symptom Checker guides you to the next appropriate healthcare steps, whether it';s self care, talking to a health professional, going to a hospital or calling triple zero (000).

Last reviewed: August 2017

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