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Trichomoniasis: Everything You Should Know

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Trichomoniasis: Everything You Should Know

Obstetrics and Gynaecology | Posted on 12/08/2022 by Dr. Namrata Gupta



Did you know that sexually common transmitted diseases can also be an indication of diseases like Trichomoniasis? If not, then usually women aren’t aware of such diseases and hence are not aware of the treatment that they must consider as well.

The condition is also caused among men but is common among females. As per studies, it is found that people such as both men and women avoid even visiting the doctor on time. It results in causing a serious health condition later if not treated medically.

Hence, it is crucial to be mindful of diseases like Trichomoniasis and here in this write-up, we will cover everything related to it. So, make sure to keep reading it till the end.

What is Trichomoniasis?

Trichomoniasis is a reproductive health issue commonly known as a sexually transmitted disease among women. It is a curable condition and most females don’t even experience signs and don’t realize that they are infected with the problem. It is also known as one of the most common STDs in the world.

There is a parasite known as Trichomonas vaginalis that causes this disease and rarely there are any severe symptoms.

Is Trichomoniasis bacterial or viral?

Trichomoniasis is a bacterial disease caused by a parasite known as vaginalis however it is known as a contagious disease as well. Individuals who are suffering from the disease can also pass on this condition to other people through sexual intercourse. Hence, it is important to include protection while getting involved in sexual intercourse.

Can Trichomoniasis come and go?

The Trichomoniasis symptoms keep coming and going. Hence, it is important to diagnose the problem however the problem is treatable even with single-dose medications. Individuals can experience repeated infections often.  

What are the symptoms of Trichomoniasis?

People experiencing Trichomoniasis don’t observe any signs. However, the problems keep developing with time. So, when it keeps growing the Trichomoniasis symptoms for both men and women are different.

Symptoms in females

Here are the Trichomoniasis symptoms in females that they can experience:

  • They can usually observe a huge amount of thin vaginal discharge that also smells foul that appears to be yellow, green, clear, white, and grey.
  • They will often also notice redness in their genital area, and a burning and itching sensation.
  • Women also experience too much discomfort in their lower abdominal area.

Symptoms in men

The Trichomoniasis symptoms in men include:

  • Irritation and itching in their genital area
  • They will observe burning during urination and even after ejaculation.
  • Men also experience a large amount of penis discharge.

What are the causes of Trichomoniasis?

Trichomoniasis causes usually includes when an individual suffering from the health condition has sexual intercourse with someone who doesn’t have it. Often, the condition spreads through sexual contact between the vagina and the penis. Females who have sexual intercourse with females can also get this problem through vaginal contact.

Females can experience this condition in their reproductive organs such as the vagina, cervix, vulva, and urethra. Men can experience the issue in their urethra and can also get in their prostate, the gland, the penis, and the bladder. It is very uncommon to have this condition in other organs of the body like the anus, mouth, or hands.

How to test for Trichomoniasis?

The Trichomoniasis diagnosis is initiated by the doctor once an individual suffering from the sexually transmitted disease reaches out to them. Hence, as a result, the doctor will begin the tests to rule out the probabilities of this disease. So, the diagnosis will begin by taking pee or fluid samples from the genitals of both men and women.

Once the sample is taken out, the doctor will look at it under the microscope so that spotting the parasite becomes easier. If the doctor is not sure, then they will also order the culture test. It is initiated so that the parasite can develop and finding it becomes easier under the microscope.

There will be other tests as well such as sensitive tests that include nucleic acid amplification tests or NAATs that involve spotting the parasite signs. The doctor might also recommend testing for other sexually transmitted diseases simultaneously as individuals with this condition can also experience other issues such as chlamydia and gonorrhea.

What can cure Trichomoniasis?

When it comes to Trichomoniasis treatment, it is essential to understand that the condition doesn't go away on its own. Hence, till the time an individual is infected with the disease will keep passing the problem to their sexual partners.

There are treatment options such as oral-infective medications that are beneficial in killing Trich. Your doctor may recommend medicines such as tinidazole as a treatment option. Here are some points in the way the doctor will recommend following the treatment:

  • The single medication is useful in curing around 95% of the infection among women and men. It is important to ensure taking the medication for around 5-7 days.
  • You and your sexual partner should ensure that the condition is treated and is not passed on to other individuals.
  • It is recommended to avert sexual intercourse for around one week after finishing the medication. Getting involved in sexual intercourse can again cause reinfection.
  • The doctor must also recommend visiting the doctor every three months to check if the infection is gone entirely.

Final thoughts

If you are someone diagnosed with Trichomoniasis, it is essential to comprehend that you don’t have to feel alone and embarrassed. There are countless people diagnosed with the problem every year. The problem spreads very easily as usually people don’t experience any symptoms and aren’t also mindful that it is contagious. Hence, ensure following your doctor's recommendations while taking the medications for the appropriate treatment of this disease. You must also ensure following the recommendations to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.

FAQs

What will happen if Trichomoniasis is left untreated?

If Trichomoniasis is left untreated, then it causes severe health issues and can cause infections like HIV and becomes the reason for easy AIDS virus transmission.

Can you have Trichomoniasis in your mouth?

No, the disease spreads through sexual intercourse through genital organs and other parts of the body don’t get this disease.

Can a man get Trichomoniasis on his own?

No, a man cannot get Trichomoniasis on his own as it is a disease that spreads through sexual intercourse.

Is Trichomonas a serious STD?

The disease is among the most common sexually transmitted disease and usually is curable with a single dose of medication. However, it can get serious if left untreated.