In fact it is often mistaken for a normal vaginal yeast infection or even a UTI. If a lady has had sexual exposure with or without condoms prior, the possibility of an STD infection such as gonorrhoea is always there.
Symptoms of Gonorrhoea infection in a woman may include pain when passing urine, vaginal discharge of various colours and consistency, whitish, yellowish greenish, with or without odour. Some women may also experience pain during sex and abnormal bleeding that occur between periods.
If left untreated, the Gonorrhoea can spread up the reproductive tract of a woman into the uterus and fallopian tubes resulting in a condition known as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
These symptoms can be mild and silent resulting in lower abdominal cramp (stomach aches) and discomfort. At more extreme situations, where the infections accumulate, collections of pus may form and severe pain in the lower abdomen may be experienced. PID can also further damage the tubes which transport eggs from the ovaries of the womb resulting in infertility or worse still a pregnancy that occurs outside the womb, also known as ectopic pregnancy.
If there was any penetrative oral sex or anal sex, gonorrhoea may also cause an infection and lead to asymptomatic silent infection. If there are symptoms after oral sex, some women may experience sore throat or throat pain. For infections after anal sex, again msot remain symptomless and for those with symptoms, it includes pain on bowel movement, discharge from the anus, itch and sores around the anus.