If left untreated, gonorrhoea can lead to other health problems. The more times you have gonorrhoea, the more likely you are to have problems.
In women it can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID is an infection that can lead to pelvic pain, infertility (inability to get pregnant), and ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy outside the uterus) which can be life-threatening. PID can be treated with antibiotics.
In men untreated gonorrhoea can cause an infection in the testicles and prostate gland. This can result in fever, scrotal pain and swelling and, in rare cases, infertility.
In rare cases, for both women and men, untreated gonorrhoea can spread through the bloodstream to other parts of the body. This can cause inflammation and swelling of joints and tendons, skin irritation and redness, and inflammation around the brain and spinal cord (meningitis) or the heart.