Trich: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments
A common sexually transmitted infection (STI) that is caused by a parasite.
Trich is more common in women aged 50 or above.  
- Requires a medical diagnosis
- Caused by a parasite
- Affects only women
- Can be cured
- Mostly asymptomatic
- Spreads by sexual contact
- Affects both men and women
- Short-term: resolves within days to weeks
- Can be medically treated
- Lab tests and imaging are necessary
Trich or Trichomoniasis is caused by a tiny one-celled parasite called Trichomonas vaginalis. It spreads from person to person through genital contact during sexual intercourse. In women, it causes an infection in the urethra or vagina or both. In men, the infection is caused only in the urethra. This condition often has no symptoms, but when they do occur, it is typically 5-28 days after the infection.
Women may experience the following:
1. Painful urination or pain during intercourse.
2. Genital redness or swelling
3. vaginal bleeding or spotting
4. Change in amount, odor, and color of the discharge.
Men may experience the following:
1. Discharge from the urethra
2. Burning during urination or after ejaculation
3. Urge to frequently urinate
Self-care: Having safer sex, avoiding intercourse for a week or using latex condoms is recommended to prevent trichomoniasis.
Medications: Oral antibiotics are helpful.
Specialists: Consult a sexologist for other concerns. At mfine, you can avail a comprehensive treatment plan for optimum health.