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What are the symptoms of gonorrhea in women?

When symptoms of gonorrhea occur in infected females, they often are mild. Increased vaginal discharge is the most common symptom. Painful urination and spotting between periods, sometimes triggered by sex, are other common symptoms. Females may also experience pain low in the abdomen or discomfort during sex. If these symptoms are ignored and the infection goes untreated, the bacteria often spread from the cervix into the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries, causing pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID increases the chances of infertility in females who have the condition.

Because gonorrhea is often present in females without recognizable symptoms, it is recommended that sexually active females, regardless of symptoms, be tested routinely for gonorrhea if they are at increased risk for infection.

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