What is the progression of gonorrhea in females?

Updated: Jun 15, 2021
  • Author: Shahab Qureshi, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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In women, the cervix is the most common site of gonorrhea, resulting in endocervicitis and urethritis, which can be complicated by pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). In men, gonorrhea causes anterior urethritis. Gonorrhea can also spread throughout the body to cause localized and disseminated disease. Complications include ectopic pregnancy and increased susceptibility to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Most commonly, the term gonorrhea refers to urethritis and/or cervicitis in a sexually active person. 


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