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Trichomoniasis symptoms can be hard to notice and may come and go, so most people don’t know they have it. If you do notice signs of trich, get tested right away.

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Often trichomoniasis has no symptoms.

About 7 out of 10 people with trich have no signs of the infection at all. When the infection is in a penis, it’s very unlikely to cause symptoms. Sometimes the symptoms of trich are so mild that you don’t even notice them, or you think it’s a different infection (like a yeast infection or a UTI). So the only way to find out for sure if you have it is to get tested.

Symptoms of trichomoniasis

If you do get symptoms of trichomoniasis, they usually show up from 3 days to a month after you get the infection.

Trichomoniasis can cause symptoms in people of any gender. But trich is most likely to cause vaginitis. Symptoms of vaginitis caused by trich include:

  • Green, yellow, gray, frothy, and/or bad-smelling vaginal discharge

  • Blood in your vaginal discharge

  • Itching and irritation in and around your vagina

  • Swelling around your genitals

  • Pain during sex

Other symptoms of trich include pain and burning when you pee, the urge to pee a lot, discharge from your urethra, and itching and irritation inside your penis.

The signs of trich can be barely noticeable, or really painful and irritating. It’s common for the symptoms to come and go, but that doesn’t mean the infection went away. The only way to get rid of trichomoniasis is to get treated with medicine.

If you or your sexual partner has any of these symptoms, visit a nurse, doctor, or your local Planned Parenthood Health Center. You can spread trich to other people whether or not you have symptoms, so it’s important to get tested if you think you may be infected.

More questions from patients:

What is trichomoniasis in women like?

Trichomoniasis in women can often go undiagnosed, even though it’s a really common STD. Many women have no symptoms. If they do, trichomoniasis symptoms in women may include:

  • frothy, foul-smelling discharge

  • spotting

  • itching/swelling in and around your vagina

  • the urge to pee more than usual

  • Pain or burning when you pee

Trichomoniasis symptoms in women — if they show up at all — usually take anywhere from 3 to 28 days to show up after you’ve gotten it.

If you’re diagnosed with trichomoniasis (AKA trich, for short), anyone you’ve been having sex with should be treated as well so that you don’t pass it back and forth.

Trichomoniasis treatment is really easy. Your doctor or nurse will give you medicine. Using condoms can help lower the chances of getting it.

What is trichomoniasis in men like?

Like a lot of infections, trichomoniasis in men is a little different from trichomoniasis in women. For one thing, men rarely have symptoms. If they do, trichomoniasis symptoms in men may include:

  • Discharge from your penis

  • The urge to pee more than usual

  • Pain or burning when you pee

If you do have symptoms, they tend to show up anywhere from 3 to 28 days after you’ve gotten it.

If you’re worried you might have it, trichomoniasis testing in men is pretty simple. Your doctor or nurse will take a swab of your urethra to get a sample of cells. Then they’ll examine the cells using a microscope to make a diagnosis.

If it turns out you have it, trichomoniasis treatment is easy: your nurse or doctor will give you medicine. And using condoms can help lower the chances of getting it.

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