10 Trichomoniasis Symptoms

By annabel brooks
Reviewed: dr. vanta
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No one wants to discuss sexually transmitted infections (STIs) no matter how commonly they occur. STIs are embarrassing to admit, and it's tough to tell partner(s) they also need to be tested. Trichomoniasis is actually a protozoa parasite that can cause multiple complications in the genitourinary (GU) system. It's a common STI, with almost 70% of those affected showing no symptoms.

If left untreated, trichomoniasis can last months or years causing painful sex and in-depth health issues like increasing the risk of becoming infected with HIV. Learn to identify the top 10 symptoms of trichomoniasis.

Itching (Down There)

The most common symptom of trichomoniasis (also known as "trich") is genital itching. For men, the itching occurs in the penis. For women, the itching encompasses the vagina, labia and perineum. The symptoms can be so mild that many people believe they have a urinary tract infection or a yeast infection.1Trichomoniasis. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 8 July 2020, www.cdc.gov/std/tg2015/trichomoniasis.htm

Many women try to treat trichomoniasis with over-the-counter medications such as clotrimazole or miconazole.1Trichomoniasis. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 8 July 2020, www.cdc.gov/std/tg2015/trichomoniasis.htm Since trichomoniasis is a parasite and not a fungus, these treatments don't work. Symptoms can show up weeks after exposure and those affected may not be aware they were exposed.


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