What are trichomoniasis symptoms? What causes this sexually transmitted disease? What can be done to treat it? Learn how to recognize the symptoms of trichomoniasis, and who is at risk.
Trichomoniasis is a parasitic disease caused by the single-celled protozoan parasite, trichomonas vaginalis. Although women are more vulnerable, men can experience trichomoniasis symptoms as well. If left untreated, the parasite can remain for years, opening up the body for more infection and possibly leading to more serious health problems, such as prostate gland infection. The parasite is generally transferred through sexual intercourse, although it is possible to become infected through contact with contaminated clothing or bedding. Anyone who has sex with multiple partners is at risk, although the use of latex male condoms can reduce the chances of infection.
- For women, trichomoniasis symptoms are noticeable. A frothy, bubbly, smelly, yellow to gray vaginal discharge is the most common sign. It may take five to twenty-eight days for this to occur, and not every women will have discharge.
- Men rarely experience trichomoniasis symptoms. Infection occurs at the urethra. There is the chance of slight pain inside the penis or mild discharge.
- Irritation is a symptom for both men and women. Especially during urination and ejaculation, trichomoniasis can cause a burning, painful sensation.
If you believe you may be experiencing trichomoniasis symptoms, or signs of any other STD, make an appointment with a health care provider immediately and abstain from sexual intercourse until the problem is resolved. Fortunately, trichomoniasis is easily treated with prescription medication. Even if you don't have symptoms, be sure to treat the disease as it can be easily passed on to female partners.