Trichomoniasis is an STD caused by a parasite. The disease affects both men and women and can cause unpleasant symptoms affecting the genitals. Trichomoniasis is contagious: it is transmitted through unprotected sexual contact.
Trichomoniasis is often asymptomatic. It can take months or even years for symptoms to arise if any appear at all. Women are more likely to be affected by the symptoms of trichomonas than men. The symptoms of a trichomoniasis infection include:
- Pain when urinating;
- Inflamed vagina or glans, with irritated red skin;
- Foaming, foul-smelling vaginal discharge with abnormal colour (in women);
- Urethra inflammation, sometimes with discharge from the urethra (in men).
The parasite that causes trichomoniasis can cause complications in pregnancy, such as premature birth and low birth weight in the baby.
A doctor can find out whether you are infected with the trichomoniasis parasite by means of a smear or urine culture. Various home testing kits are also available at the registered EU pharmacies to which we have access for discreet trichomoniasis self-checks.
The prevention and treatment of trichomoniasis
A trichomoniasis infection can be prevented by using a condom during sex. Trichomoniasis is treated with antibiotics. Always warn your (former) sex partner(s) in the event of contamination as it is important that he/she can also have the opportunity to be tested and treated.