SEX - Avoided Subjects Discussed in Plain English (Chapter 9, page 1 of 5)


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Chapter 9

The sex diseases are the same in both sexes, whether developed by

direct or accidental infection. They are the greatest practical

argument in favor of continence, morality and marriage in the sex

relation.

GONORRHEA

Gonorrhea is a pus-discharging inflammation of the canal known as the

_urethra_, which passing through the entire length of the organ,

carries both the urine and the seminal fluid. It is caused by a

venereal bacillus, the _gonococcus_. Under favorable conditions and

with right treatment, gonorrhea may be cured, though violently

painful, in fourteen days. Often the inflammation extends, becomes

chronic and attacks other organs. This chronic gonorrhea often causes

permanent contraction of the urethra, which leads to the painful

retention of urine, catarrh of the bladder, and stone. Chronic

gonorrhea, too, often ends in death, especially if the kidneys are

attacked. A cured case of gonorrhea does not mean immunity from

further attacks. New infections are all the more easily acquired.

Gonorrhea has even more dangerous consequences in women than in men.

The _gonococcus_ bacilli infect all the inner female genital organs.

They cause frequent inflammations and lead to growths in the belly.

Women thus attacked usually are apt to be sterile; they suffer

agonies, and often become chronic invalids. The child born of a

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