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Trichomoniasis: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments
Trichomoniasis is typically a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that is caused by a parasite. It is also called trich.
Trichomoniasis is more common in women aged 50 or above. (1)
- 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
- Treatable by a medical professional
- Lab tests, imaging always required.
Trichomoniasis is caused by a minute 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, vagina or both. In men, infection is caused only in the urethra. This condition often has no symptoms, but when they do occur it is often 5-28 days after the infection.
Women may experience:
1. Painful urination, intercourse.
2. Genital redness or swelling
3. vaginal bleeding or spotting
4. Change in amount, odor, and color of discharge.
Men may experience:
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, using latex condoms is recommended to prevent trichomoniasis.
Medications: Oral antibiotics are helpful.
Specialists: Consult a sexologist for other concerns. mfine provides a comprehensive treatment plan for optimum health.