Trichomoniasis treatment, diagnosis & prescriptions
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Can I talk to a doctor on Maple about my trichomoniasis?
Yes, you can. Once you’ve described your symptoms, and received appropriate testing, it’s possible for the doctor to arrive at a trichomoniasis prognosis, and prescribe you with the medications you’ll need to clear it up. The doctor may also suggest that you get tested for other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) if you haven’t been tested in a while, since having one makes you more susceptible to contracting others.
Can I get a prescription on Maple?
Yes, our physicians can prescribe medications online during your consultation. Once you accept a prescription, you’ll have the option to pick it up from any pharmacy or to have it delivered right to your door at no additional cost.
You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.
What is trichomoniasis?
Trichomonas vaginalis, also called Trich, is a very common sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by a parasite called trichomonas. Almost 70% of people with trichomonas vaginalis don’t experience any symptoms, so naturally, that means a lot of people may not know that they have it. Though it’s quite contagious, it’s easily cured with the right medicine!
Can trichomoniasis cause infertility?
Yes. If left untreated, one of the complications of trichomoniasis is infertility — in both males and females.
What are the symptoms of trichomoniasis?
70% of men and women who have trichomoniasis don’t show any symptoms at all. Here’s what happens when symptoms of trichomoniasis do start to show.
In women, trichomoniasis symptoms include:
- Vaginal discharge with an unpleasant smell, that’s sometimes frothy. It might be yellow, gray, or green.
- Pain while urinating
- Pain during sex
- Itching or burning skin on the labia (vaginal lips), anus, or thighs
- Pain or redness in the vaginal area
In men, trichomoniasis symptoms include:
- Unusual discharge from the penis
- Pain after ejaculation
- Pain or burning when urinating
- The urge to urinate more than usual
- Itchy skin on the penis, and irritation around the tip of the penis
- Itchy sensations on the scrotum, anus, or thighs
What causes trichomoniasis?
In men, trichomoniasis enters the body through the urethra. In women, trich can infect the vagina, cervix, bladder, and urethra. It’s spread through contact with sexual fluids like pre-ejaculate, vaginal fluids, and semen.
Trich can also live very briefly outside the body, and can be transfered from one person to another through things like sex toys, or shared towels that have been recently used. Though this is rare, it is possible, especially if the object is damp.
It can also be transferred via sexual fluid on your hands, or an infected partner’s hands.
There have been some cases of trichomoniasis being passed from mother to child during childbirth, but it’s very rare.
How long can trichomoniasis be dormant in a woman?
Trichomoniasis in women can be dormant from several months to years in some cases. Regular testing for STDs can go a long way in keeping women in the know about their sexual health.
How is trichomoniasis diagnosed?
A diagnosis is usually made through a trichomoniasis urine test. A doctor can also collect a swab sample of the urethra to be tested in a lab. However, a trichomoniasis test with a false positive result is fairly common when swabbing is used to collect a sample, because samples from the cervix are not as reliable as a urine sample.
How can I prevent trichomoniasis?
Trichomoniasis risk factors include sex without condoms, and sex with partners who may not know they’re carrying trich. Because a lot of people don’t experience symptoms, it’s very possible for your partners to not know they have it.
Safer sex is a great preventative. This includes:
- Minimizing your number of sexual partners
- Checking in about your sexual health with partners prior to having sex
- Regular STD testing
Can trichomoniasis go away on its own?
No, trichomoniasis won’t go away on its own. You’ll need to take antibiotics, and to ask the people you’ve had sex with to get tested and potentially treated too.
Untreated, trichomoniasis can last for months to years. The consequences of leaving trichomoniasis untreated include an increased risk of cervical cancer and HIV contraction in women. It’s also been linked to an increased likelihood of prostate cancer in men.
How can I treat trichomoniasis?
An antibiotic called metronidazole will get rid of trichomoniasis in 5-7 days. It’s taken orally.
You can get trichomoniasis more than once. That’s why it’s important for people to tell their partners so that they can get tested and minimize the spread.
What is Maple?
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You simply log in, tap a button to request a consultation, and we’ll immediately connect you to a doctor via live chat or video. You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.
Our doctors can assess symptoms, and provide treatment, including prescriptions as necessary.
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