Gonorrhea, a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae, can cause painful symptoms, like a burning sensation during urination or pus-like discharge from the penis or vagina. It can also cause permanent damage to the reproductive organs if not treated early and properly. The good news is, gonorrhea is highly treatable with antibiotics, and most people will be completely cured in as little as a week. However, the rise of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea cases has made it more challenging to eradicate.
One natural remedy many people turn to when trying to cure gonorrhea is garlic, which has long been known for its antibacterial properties. A 2005 study found that about 47 percent of the garlic products and extracts tested were able to inhibit the growth of gonorrhea-causing bacteria.
However, while garlic does have antibacterial properties, it isn't a cure for gonorrhea -- and there's no evidence that it can help fight antibiotic-resistant strains. In addition, using garlic topically can irritate the delicate tissues in the genital area.
If you are experiencing signs and symptoms of gonorrhea, like a burning sensation during urination, or have pus-like discharge from the penis or vulva, make an appointment with your doctor right away. Your doctor will ask questions about your sexual history and perform a pelvic exam or take a sample of fluid from the cervix or penis for testing. They will also instruct you to avoid sex until you have completed treatment and your symptoms are gone.