Health Related Issues With Gonorrhea

Health Related Issues With Gonorrhea      Gonorrhea is a common venereal disease caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrheae; Gonorrhea, if left untreated, can cause many health hazards in men, women as well as children.

     It affects the various body parts. In women, gonorrhea may cause complications  in the reproductive system; the risk of infertility increases with each episode of PID; an abscess in or near the ovaries (tubo-ovarian abscess); inflammation of the Bartholin glands; a tubal pregnancy and even chronic pelvic pain.

     Among pregnant women, it can lead to the possibility of a miscarriage, and the women may have to be put on drugs to prevent premature birth. Gonorrhea can cause premature rupture of the membranes, and this breaks the amniotic sac causing the amniotic fluid to gush out or to slowly leak leading to a premature delivery and also an infection in the lining of the uterus. A pregnant woman, who has gonorrhea while childbirth, can cause the infection to be spread to the fetus through the bloodstream. It can also cause a pink eye, inflammation of a joint, scalp infection, infection of the fluid and tissues that surround the brain and spinal cord in the fetus.

      Few complications found due to gonorrhea are infection of the urethra, epididymitis, which is an inflammation and infection of the prostate gland, and a higher than normal risk of getting bladder cancer. Some other complications which can develop in various areas of the body include fever, skin infection, an infection in the bloodstream, inflammation of a joint. It most often affects the knees and hands. Gonorrhea infection also results in an inflammation of the heart valves and the chambers of the heart, an infection of the fluid and tissues that surround the brain and spinal cord. Having a gonorrhea infection once does not protect you from getting another infection in the future. A new exposure to gonorrhea will cause re-infection, even if you were previously treated and cured.

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