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How to Tell the Difference Between Gonorrhea and a Bladder Infection

By Giselle Diamond ; Updated July 27, 2017

It is said that a disease properly diagnosed is half cured. It is very important that your doctor recognize what ails you so his or her treatment would work for you. In order to facilitate the correct diagnosis, you as a patient will need to have some basic information about both gonorrhea and bladder infection so you could differentiate between the two. The similarities are that both these disease are bacterial infections. Gonorrhea is caused by neisseria gonorrhoeae while the bladder infection is caused by E.coli, which is also the main culprit in food poisoning.

  1. You need to concentrate carefully on the symptoms you have developed and make a systematic note of them so you can explain them to your doctor. Initial symptoms of gonorrhea in women include slight to acute burning sensation during urination, continuous and profuse vaginal discharge, spotting or even bleeding regularly between periods.

  2. Understand and recognize the symptoms of bladder infection, which would include all or some of the symptoms in Step 1 plus the urge to urinate frequently and a feeling of always having a full bladder in spite of relieving yourself at frequent intervals. Men also experience the same symptoms plus they will find that their testicles swell.

  3. Gonorrhea is a STD (sexually transmitted disease), which takes about two to ten days to develop fully. Observe carefully whether there is bleeding after sex, the vaginal discharge is a little dirty in color (yellowish brown); you develop a fever and are nauseous. The pain at urination and yellowish discharge is also found in men.

  4. If you observe any of the symptoms that would give you doubts about gonorrhea, immediately contact your gynecologist (women) or urologist (men).

  5. If you have the slightest doubt, have yourself tested. In men, the pain and the burning sensation that almost always accompanied gonorrhea should prompt them to seek medical advice. However, in women often the symptoms are very mild (sometimes even non-existent), which can create havoc both in the host body and the body of their sexual partner.

  6. The only way to say whether or not you have gonorrhea is to test yourself for it the moment you find yourself showing any of the symptoms.

  7. Tip

    You can contact gonorrhea even if you only received oral sex and had no penetration, since these bacteria can be found even in the throat of the infected person. There is no way to prevent gonorrhea other than always wearing latex condoms during sex with multiple partners.


    Left untreated, gonorrhea can be extremely harmful, leading to total infertility both in males and females. Those who have contacted gonorrhea are twice more likely to contact HIV. Don't have sex until your treatment is done as you would be transmitting the disease until it is completely cured

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