Urethritis gonococcal

What Is Urethritis Gonococcal?

Urethritis gonococcal is a bacterial infection of the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder through the penis in males or through the vulva in females. It is caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae (gonococcus). It is also known as "the clap". This condition can cause serious and permanent damage to your reproductive system if left untreated.

Symptoms of Urethritis Gonococcal

Urethritis gonococcal may be asymptomatic or symptoms may include:

  • Painful urination
  • In men, painful discharge from the penis
  • In women, white discharge from the vagina
  • Pain in the groin or lower abdomen
  • Foul-smelling discharge

Risk Factors for Urethritis Gonococcal

Anyone who is sexually active is at risk of developing urethritis gonococcal. Your risk may be higher if you have multiple partners or if you do not use barrier methods of contraception (e.g. condoms) during sexual intercourse.

Diagnosis of Urethritis Gonococcal

Your doctor will diagnose urethritis gonococcal based on your symptoms, your medical history, and a physical exam. They may also take a sample of your discharge for testing. The test results will show whether the infection is due to gonorrhea.

Treatment of Urethritis Gonococcal

Urethritis gonococcal is usually treated with antibiotics. You should follow your doctor's instructions and complete the full course of antibiotics to ensure the infection is completely eliminated. It is important to abstain from sexual intercourse until your doctor confirms that the infection has been cured.

Prevention of Urethritis Gonococcal

You can reduce your risk of getting urethritis gonococcal by using barrier contraception such as condoms during sexual intercourse. You should also avoid having multiple partners and practice safe sex. It is also a good idea to get tested for STIs on a regular basis.