@donasmrs-- My doctor also said that the effects of complications of gonorrhea are more serious in women. But he said that this is because women do not always experience the early symptoms of the infection, which is the opposite of what you said. Men are more like to experience symptoms early on and seek treatment early on. So there is a greater responsibility on men to inform all of their partners that they have gonorrhea if that's the case.
Women who are trying to get pregnant need to be careful as well because it can cause lots of complications during pregnancy if a woman becomes pregnant while suffering from gonorrhea and doesn't realize.