• Dr Peter Chew

Gonorrhoea and infertility

My previous boyfriend infected me with gonorrhoea for which I have been treated. I am now married and have been trying to have a baby without success. Could the cause of infertility be due to gonorrhoea?


Gonorrhoea is a common sexually transmitted disease cause by a bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae. It can infect both men and women. In many women, the infection can occur without much symptoms.



The symptoms, if present, may include


  • Painful or burning sensation while passing urine

  • Increased vaginal discharge

  • Painful sex

  • Irregular periods

  • Abdominal pain

  • Fever

Gonorrhoea can be treated successfully with antibiotics. But if left untreated or if the treatment is inadequate, the infection can cause serious consequences such as pelvic inflammatory disease. The bacteria can travel from the cervix (neck of the womb) up the womb to the fallopian tubes, causing inflammation and scars in and around the tubes. This leads to tubal blockage which prevents the sperm from fertilizing the egg resulting in infertility.

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