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What are Trichomoniasis Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment?

By Lizzie De La Cruz
There are a number of STIs people may come in contact with during their lifetime and while they can cause a lot of discomfort, these illnesses are often treatable. Trichomoniasis is a common STI caused by a tiny parasite. It is often referred to as trich (pronounced ‘trick’). Women and men alike can get trichomoniasis, but it tends to be more common in women. While the name may sound intimidating, there are trichomoniasis medications available and symptoms can be managed with proper medical care.

What Causes Trich?

A one-cell parasite is at the root of trich. The parasite infects the vagina and cervix, urethra and bladder, and glands in the genital area, or the urethra beneath the foreskin of the penis if it is not circumcised. Like most STIs, trich is transmitted from one infected partner to another. However, most people do not experience any symptoms, making it easy to pass the parasite unknowingly.

What are the Symptoms?

The CDC reports that 70-85% of people with trich experience little to no symptoms! When symptoms do arise, they usually begin a week after infection. These symptoms typically include a change in vaginal discharge, such as a color or odor that is not normal. Vaginal itching and pain during urination or sex are also common symptoms. People with penises may also notice abnormal discharge and as well as irritation of the head of the penis. There may be a burning sensation during urination. From the time you contract trich, you may experience symptoms anywhere from five to 28 days later. During this time, the trich parasite is contagious and you can spread it to sexual partners. It is advisable to avoid all sexual contact until your symptoms have disappeared and you finish taking trichomoniasis medication.

Is it Curable?

While trich can be uncomfortable, the good news is it is treatable. Trich is easily treated with a medication called metronidazole. Trichomoniasis medications work to kill the parasite. These medications are taken by mouth in the form of pills, tablets, or capsules. If you contact trich, it is important to seek medical attention and take trichomoniasis medications to get rid of the parasite and in turn, the symptoms. In serious cases, trich can result in pelvic infections that can have an impact on fertility for both men and women.

Trichomoniasis Medications Made Simple

If you believe you have contracted trich, there are steps you can take to relieve symptoms and protect your sexual health. Trichomoniasis medications are an effective method for killing the parasite, protecting your reproductive system from infection, and reducing the risk of spreading the STI. Accessing Trichomoniasis medications is made simple through online medical providers like wisp. With wisp, you have access to a medical team regardless of your insurance. Accessing medications through wisp is safe, reliable, and discreet, with prescriptions shipped to your doorstep or sent to a local pharmacy. Check us out for same day treatment!

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