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Untreated gonorrhea can lead to infertility and PID

  • gonorrhea
  • pid
  • infertility
  • men
  • women

Question:

"I just found out that I have gonorrhea. I haven’t been with anybody in four years. I haven’t had any symptoms at all, so I had no idea. What happens if you don’t get gonorrhea treated?"

- Anonymous

Response:

Unfortunately, if gonorrhea goes untreated, it can lead to permanent, serious health problems in both men and women. Since you did not mention your gender, we will explain the consequences of untreated gonorrhea for both men and women.

 

When it comes to men, a long term gonorrhea infection can lead to a painful condition in the tubes that are attached to the testicles. In some cases, this can lead to infertility, which means that he will be unable to father a child.

 

In women, gonorrhea can lead to PID (pelvic inflammatory disease). This is the case with chlamydia as well. Some complications of PID include long term abdominal pain, infertility, ectopic pregnancies (a pregnancy that takes place outside of the womb) and the formation of scar tissue that blocks fallopian tubes.

 

In rare cases, if gonorrhea remains untreated, it can spread to your joints and/or blood. This condition can be fatal in certain circumstances.

 

Having gonorrhea can also make you more likely to contract or spread HIV. That is the virus that leads to AIDS.

 

If you have been untreated for four years, you will need to be examined by a physician to determine if any of these conditions have developed in you. Unfortunately, there is not a good way to tell whether or not there is hope for you to avoid these conditions without a physical examination. 


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