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Trichomonas Vaginalis?

What is Trichomonas Vaginalis?

Trichomonas Vaginalis is a sexually transmitted infection that is caused by a parasite that attacks a man’s urethra and prostate gland, and a woman’s urethra and vagina. It can damage the epithelial layers of cell if it is not treated at an early stage. It is difficult to diagnose this infection as it does not show many symptoms. However, if you are able to identify any symptom, seek medical attention as this infection does not go away on its own. The parasite which causes trichomonas vaginalis is very similar in size to white blood cells and it moves around the urethra or vagina.

What are the symptoms?

The majority of people do not experience any symptoms after the transmission of the infection. Hence, it remains undetected for number of months or years. Men can experience symptoms such as pain while urinating, a thin whitish discharge and inflammation of the glans or foreskin. In the same way, women may experience pain during sex or urinating, inflammation around the vagina, soreness or itching, abdominal tenderness and foamy discharge with a fishy smell.

What causes it?

The infection is caused due to a parasite known as trichomonas vaginalis. It can pass through unprotected sexual intercourse, whether vaginal, anal or oral sex. This can also be transmitted through sharing of sex toys, as they provide a surface for the parasite to attach itself to. A mother can also pass it to her child during delivery. This parasite attaches itself to the womb or urethra in men and causes ulceration of the cells.

What happens if it's left untreated?

This infection is not as dangerous as other STIs, but it can make both men and women more vulnerable to other sexually transmitted infections, including the most hazardous HIV infection. It can lead to prostatitis in men, and can lead to premature labour in pregnant women. Sometimes people infected with trichomonas vaginalis treatment are also found to be infected with gonorrhoea.

What trichomonas vaginalis treatments are available?

Metronidazole is an effective and widely used antibiotic that can treat the trichomonas parasite. It can either be taken in the form of a low dose for a duration of seven days, or in a higher single dose. Generally a single course is recommended by a doctor to cure this infection completely. The low dose treatment is a 400mg tablet which should be taken two times a day for seven days. It is important to know that if you are taking the seven day course you should not discontinue the course when you start feeling better. You should follow the complete course so that the infection does not return.

Are these trichomonas vaginalis treatments available online?

The trichomonas vaginalis treatment is available online. You can buy the suitable medication from any of the registered online clinics. The registered clinics ask you to complete an online consultation with a certified doctor. Once the doctor approves your use of the medication, your ordered medication will be dispatched at your doorstep. To avoid any complication your identity is kept confidential.