What is the Treatment?
Gonorrhoea is curable and easy to treat with antibiotics once detected; this is usually a one off (single) dose of medication. Antibiotic treatment from a sexual health clinic is given free of charge, usually without the need to go to a pharmacy (chemist). Partners should attend for treatment too.
You will be advised not have sex for a while after you have had treatment. Gonorrhoea can (and should) be treated when you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
A follow up test to ensure the infection has been adequately treated should always be done two weeks after treatment, although this may be earlier if someone still has symptoms. It is very important if you are pregnant, or under 25 years old. Having gonorrhoea diagnosed and treated once will not prevent you from catching it again.
What if I don't treat it?
If Left untreated, gonorrhoea can lead to long term problems. This will not happen to everyone with gonorrhoea.
In men gonorrhoea can lead to:
- Infection in the testicles with potential reduced fertility
- Infection in the prostate
In women gonorrhoea can lead to:
- PID (pelvic inflammatory disease) which is where the infection has spread to the other reproductive organs. This can lead to long term pain, infertility and pregnancy inside the fallopian tube (ectopic).