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What Are the Symptoms of Trichomoniasis?

Trichomoniasis symptoms can vary between individuals, although some of the most common signs include:

  • Yellow, green, gray, frothy, smelly, or bloody vaginal discharge.
  • Irritation in or around the vagina.
  • Swelling around the genitals.
  • Frequent and/or painful urination.
  • Itching in or around the vagina.
  • Pain during sex.
  • Discharge from the urethra, the tube that carries urine out of the body.
  • Itching in or around the penis.

For some people, the symptoms of trichomoniasis are almost unbearable, while others don’t experience or notice them at all. The signs can come and go, but this doesn’t mean the infection has resolved. The only way to get rid of trichomoniasis, a sexually transmitted infection that’s caused by a parasite, is to take antibiotics prescribed by a healthcare provider.

Getting Tested for Trichomoniasis?

Before you begin treatment for trichomoniasis, you will need to be tested to make it’s the cause of your symptoms. Some of the clinical signs are similar to those of chlamydia, gonorrhea, or urinary tract infections, so your medical provider will need to confirm your diagnosis before prescribing a treatment plan.

If you have any of these symptoms, it’s important to get tested right away. If you don’t get tested and you do have trichomoniasis, you could pass it to other sexual partners through vaginal sex, sharing sex toys, or even touching another person’s genitals with infected fluids on your hands. The parasite that causes trichomoniasis is found in vaginal fluids, pre-cum, and semen.

It’s important to make sure your sexual partner(s) get treated for trichomoniasis, as well. If you get treated but your partner doesn’t, you could continue to pass the infection back and forth to one another.

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