Risks of a Gonorrhoea Infecton
If treated early, gonorrhoea is unlikely to lead to any complications or long-term problems. However, without treatment, it can spread to other parts of your body and cause serious problems.
The more times you have gonorrhoea, the more likely you are to have complications.
In women, gonorrhoea can spread to the reproductive organs and cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID can lead to long-term pelvic pain, ectopic pregnancy and infertility.
During pregnancy, gonorrhoea can cause:
- premature labour
- the baby being born with conjunctivitis (inflammation of the eye) which can lead to permanent blindness
In men, gonorrhoea can cause painful infection in the testicles, which may lead to reduced fertility in a small number of cases.
In rare cases, when gonorrhoea has been left untreated, it can spread through the bloodstream to cause life-threatening infections in other parts of the body (septicaemia).