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.