The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that there are 700,000 new gonorrhea cases each year in the United States. That’s a lot of folks not practicing safe sex. Gonorrhea is an acute infection that could become chronic if not treated. In men untreated gonorrhea can lead to epididymitis, an inflammation of the epididymis, which is a coiled tube that carries sperm to the vas deferens. In women untreated gonorrhea can spread to the uterus and the fallopian tubes causing pelvis inflammatory disease, which can cause scarring of the tubes and infertility. So, it’s important to get any issue with your genitals diagnosed and treated quickly. That’ll get you back in the game.
Gonorrhea is a common sexually transmitted disease caused by an infection of the bacteria neisseria gonorrhoeae. Gonorrhea is most common in people between the ages of 15 and 29. Perhaps it’s time to rethink abstinence-only sexual education? The use of condoms (of which Amazon sells a wide variety) greatly reduces the risk of getting gonorrhea. The bacteria that cause gonorrhea infections in the penis and vagina can also cause infections in the eye, throat, and anus. Gonorrhea can also be spread during childbirth as the baby passes through the vagina. Gonorrhea infections in newborns can cause permanent damage like blindness.
Gonorrhea Symptoms and Treatment
What are the signs and symptoms of a gonorrhea infection? The most noticeable symptom of gonorrhea is a thick pus-like discharge from the urethra, as well as painful, burning, and frequent urination. Although gonorrhea occurs in both men and women, about half of infected women don’t experience any symptoms at all. There will just be a slight increase of vaginal discharge and some inflammation that may only be observed by physical examination. The other half will experience the same symptoms as men.
How do I diagnose myself for gonorrhea? If you are experiencing any sort of difficulty peeing or you have pus leaking from your genitalia, don’t waste your time self-diagnosing. Go see a doctor. For men the first noticeable symptom will be a tingling sensation while peeing. A few hours later peeing becomes painful and there may be a milky discharge. For women symptoms may not appear for 1–3 weeks, if at all. Unfortunately, because so many women don’t know they have gonorrhea, they continue to spread the disease. For some women they may not get diagnosed until they get tested because someone they slept with has it.
What are the tests doctors can perform to diagnose the infection, and will they hurt? I remember in my sex ed class we learned that the test for gonorrhea was the equivalent of sticking a miniature umbrella up your pee-hole and then extending it to scrape out the bacteria. Although many of the tests still involve sticking something up there to get a sample, I found no umbrella tests. The most pain-free test I found was the Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT). This test can be done with a urine sample, and it is accurate.
How do I get rid of gonorrhea? What is the treatment? The only way to get rid of gonorrhea is to take antibiotics prescribed by a doctor. Drug-resistant strains of gonorrhea are becoming more common, so the doctor may do a culture of your infection to determine what drugs it is resistant to. This means they will need to stick a Q-Tip up your pee hole. Many people infected with gonorrhea also have chlamydia, so the doctor may test you for that as well as other STDs. Do not have sex until the the disease is gone, and don’t have sex with any former partner who has not sought treatment.
They didn’t teach me about safe sex in school; how do I prevent this in the future? Safe sex is more than just not getting pregnant, taking the pill, or wearing a condom Safe sex is about making wise choices and staying away from unsafe situations that may lead you to sleep with a skeezy loser. There are a dozen STDs that can be transmitted even while wearing a condom. It is always best to talk to the people you want to have sex with about their sex habits. If they sleep around a lot, maybe think twice. Unless they also get tested frequently. You decide. It’s your life.
Best Natural Cures for Gonorrhea Inflammation
There is no definitive natural cure for gonorrhea that I was able to find. I was able to come up with a couple of things that stimulate the immune system and reduce inflammation. So, with that in mind, see a doctor about treating your gonorrhea.
Goldenseal has a lot of health uses. The active ingredient is berberine, which is an alkaloid that’s effective against all sorts of infections. The dosage should be based on the berberine content. There is a wide range of quality in goldenseal preparations. Standardized extracts are recommended. If you wanted to try it, you can order Nature’s Way Goldenseal capsules from Amazon.
Vitamin C is a highly efficient antioxidant. It is also an electron donor for eight different enzymes, which means it makes it easier for your body to function. Vitamin C has many natural sources, most notably oranges. But it is also easy to find as a supplement in the vitamin section. While sick, take 500–1000 mg every two hours. Decrease dosage if you have excessive gas or diarrhea.
Gonorrhea is just a simple bacterial infection and fairly easy to get rid of. Consider yourself lucky you didn’t get a virus, something that’s a lot harder or impossible to get rid of. If you have been reckless in choosing your partners, and maybe it’s time to start being a little more thoughtful about who you spend sexy time with. People who contract one STD are at high risk to contract another. Not just because it weakens your immune system but because it might mean that you’re a poor judge of character who takes unnecessary risks that cause you and others pain and damage. We are all individuals trying to find happiness, and frequently we find that joy in the arms of another. I am not gonna get preachy here. I am just saying use your head next time you are thinking about doing something impulsive, rash, or ill-advised.