A Little About Trichamoniasis

Trichamoniasis, also known as “Trich” is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD) that affects about 7.4 million men and women in America each year. This STD is caused by a parasite called Trichamonas vaginalis. Trich is most commonly found in women and uncircumcised men. Trich is the most common curable STD in sexually active men and women to this date. Trichamoniasis is primarily an infection of the reproductive organs and the urinary system (a.k.a. genitourinary system.) In men, the most common site of infection would be the urethra; the urinary tract. In women, the most common site of infection would be the vagina. In uncircumcised men, the most common site would be the tip of the penis.

Trich is one of the most common STD’s caused by a parasite Trichamonas vaginalis. This parasite can live in the urinary and reproductive system of males and females. Trich is spread sexually by penis-to-vagina intercourse or vulva-to-vulva contact with an infected partner, especially if not using any form of protection. It is more common for females to get the disease from an infected male or female than it is for a male to get it from an infected female/male. Some people try to say that it is possible to get Trich from a toilet seat, wet towel or event hot tubs. Let me just say this now…that is not true. The Trichamoniasis parasite cannot live long enough on inanimate objects and surfaces to be spread from person to person.

Sorry to say this, but the most logical way to prevent getting Trich or any other STD is to refrain from having sex. If that is impossible, then abstain from sexual activity with more than one partner or with someone who has more than one partner. That will surely reduce the risk of contracting any STD including Trich. Also properly and consistently using a latex condom or a female polyurethane condom also decreases the risk of contracting any STD’s. Lady’s DO NOT DOUCHE after having sex, this can actually increase your risk of contracting STDs. This is because douching can actually change the natural flora of the vagina and possibly flush bacteria higher into the genital tract increasing chance of STD.

Symptoms usually appear in women between 4 to 28 days after having sex with an infected person. However, 50% of women are asymptomatic (have no symptoms) when it comes to Trich and never get treatment. Usually if left untreated for six months, women then start showing some of the symptoms listed below.

* Vaginal discharge ranging in color from gray to green to yellow.

* Foul odor, smells fishy.

* Sourness, tenderness, and itching if the genital area.

* Pain during urination.

* Uncomfortable during sexual intercourse.

* Itching or soreness of the labia and inner thighs.

* Swollen labia.

Just be sure that you make sure your teenage daughter knows a normal female discharge is usually clear or whitish and has no odor. This will ensure that she will know if anything is wrong.

Males who have Trichamoniasis have the tendency to be more asymptomatic than females. Of the men who do seek treatment, typically do so because of an infected partner, not necessarily because of showing any symptoms. Of the men who do show symptoms of Trich would experience:

* Urethral itching.

* Burning after urination or ejaculation.

* Urethral discharge, frothy or pus-like.

* Painful/ difficult urination.

* Inflammation of the prostate gland.

If you think that some of the symptoms you are experiencing may be Trich, then go see your doctor. The doctor will determine whether it is Trichamoniasis by giving a pelvic or genital examination and by testing a sample of vaginal or urethral discharge. Sometimes a doctor will detect Trich through a Pap smear.

Trich can be treated with prescription medication and both partners should be treated at the same time, even if one has no symptoms.



Source by Jennifer Newton

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