Symptoms of Trichomoniasis in Women
- Pain while urinating
- Itchiness or burning around the vagina
- Swelling or redness of the vagina
- Vaginal discharge with an unpleasant odor
- Frequent urge to urinate
- Vaginal spotting or bleeding
Fortunately, these symptoms can be treated and cured. If you believe you have been exposed to Trichomoniasis or are experiencing any of the above symptoms, contact your doctor as soon as possible. One of the first steps to recovery is getting tested, so don’t delay scheduling your Trichomoniasis test another day.
As with any STD, a key ingredient in prevention is knowing how it is transmitted. Trichomoniasis is carried through sexual fluids like semen, pre-ejaculate, and vaginal fluids. It can be easily spread but cannot be transmitted through casual contact, sharing food, kissing, hugging, coughing, sneezing, or hand holding.
Another effective prevention method is the practice of safe sex. Condoms and dentals dams are effective barriers against infected parts of the body. Avoiding the sharing of sex toys is another effective prevention method. These objects easily spread the infection between individuals because they are exposed to sexual fluids.
One of the most effective ways to prevent Trichomoniasis is abstinence. Waiting to engage in sexual activities until a long-term relationship has been established can prevent infection and complications in the relationship. Abstinence can also last long enough for you and your partner to get tested and receive your results. Abstinence is a healthy and responsible way to prevent spreading Trichomoniasis.
Treatment for Trichomoniasis
Your doctor might prescribe antibiotics for you before you get your results back if they feel it is necessary. Typical treatment for Trichomoniasis symptoms includes a dose of antibiotics, usually tinidazole or metronidazole. A single dose of the antibiotic is generally all that is required, meaning after taking one pill you should begin to notice your symptoms clear up. This process takes about a week and you will want to wait that long before beginning any sexual activity, even if no symptoms are present, to ensure it was effective in treating the infection.
Using a sensitive approach, encourage your partner, or partners, to get tested and seek treatment too. Overcoming the embarrassment and worry of discussing your Trichomoniasis infection with your partner(s) can reduce the risk of reinfection for you and your partner.