Common Symptoms of Chlamydia & Gonorrhea

Symptoms for Chlamydia

Early-stage chlamydia infections often cause few or no signs and symptoms. When signs or symptoms occur, they usually start one to three weeks after exposure to chlamydia. Even when signs and symptoms occur, they're often mild and passing, making them easy to overlook.

Signs and symptoms of chlamydia infection may include:

  • Painful urination
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Vaginal discharge in women
  • Discharge from the penis in men
  • Painful sexual intercourse in women
  • Bleeding between periods and after sex in women
  • Testicular pain in men

Symptoms for Gonorrhea

In many cases, gonorrhea infection causes no symptoms. When symptoms do appear, gonorrhea infection can affect multiple sites in your body, but it commonly appears in the genital tract.

Gonorrhea affecting the genital tract
Signs and symptoms of gonorrhea infection in men include:

  • Painful urination
  • Pus-like discharge from the tip of the penis
  • Pain or swelling in one testicle


Signs and symptoms of gonorrhea infection in women include:
  • Increased vaginal discharge
  • Painful urination
  • Vaginal bleeding between periods, such as after vaginal intercourse
  • Abdominal pain
  • Pelvic pain


Gonorrhea at other sites in the body
Gonorrhea can also affect these parts of the body:
  • Rectum - Signs and symptoms include anal itching, pus-like discharge from the rectum, spots of bright red blood on toilet tissue and having to strain during bowel movements.
  • Eyes - Gonorrhea that affects your eyes may cause eye pain, sensitivity to light, and pus-like discharge from one or both eyes.
  • Throat- Signs and symptoms of a throat infection may include a sore throat and swollen lymph nodes in the neck.
  • Joints - If one or more joints become infected by bacteria (septic arthritis), the affected joints may be warm, red, swollen and extremely painful, especially when you move an affected joint.

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (2015). Chlamydia & Gonorrhea Symptoms. Retrieved from: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/gonorrhea/basics/symptoms/con-20020917 and http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/chlamydia/basics/symptoms/con-20020807

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