Trichomonas vaginalis is a sexually transmitted infection that is caused by an organism called a protozoan - or parasite - which is transferred during unprotected sex. This protozoan primarily affects the urethra and is more commonly found in women, though the infection does occur in men. The parasite is similar in size to a white blood cell and is mobile through the vaginal and urethral tissues, which causes tissue ulceration.
Trichomonas vaginalis is relatively uncommon and can be difficult to diagnose because any symptoms that do occur are very similar to those caused by other STIs. It is, however, easily treatable with a course of the antibiotic Metronidazole, which is available to order from euroClinix after a short online consultation.
What causes trichomonas vaginalis?
Trichomonas vaginalis is a sexually transmitted disease, meaning you are running the risk of contracting it - and other infections - if you have unprotected sexual intercourse. The trichomonas protozoan that causes the infection lives in the urethra or vagina of the infected host and can pass very easily from one individual to another if the correct protection is not in place. The parasite is extremely small - around the size of a white blood cell - and as such can travel very easily.
Though it is very rare, this infection can be transmitted by sharing moist towels with someone who is infected, or by sharing a hot bath or jacuzzi.
What trichomonas vaginalis symptoms occur?
The majority of individuals infected will not experience any trichomonas vaginalis symptoms. Those who do experience symptoms will usually notice them within 28 days after becoming infected.
Women may experience some vaginal itching, inflammation and soreness. You may also notice pain while urinating and during sexual intercourse. It is possible that your vaginal discharge will be a greenish-yellow colour with a frothy consistency and a fish-like odour. Trichomonas vaginalis symptoms in men usually include an increase in the need to urinate, which can be painful. The urethra may omit a white discharge, especially after ejaculation. It is possible that men may experience some discomfort after sex, and the foreskin may become inflamed.
What happens if trichomonas vaginalis is not treated?
As this infection often does not display any symptoms, it is important to take an STI test if you have had unprotected sex. This is because STIs can lead to complications if they remain untreated. If you are being tested for gonorrhoea or chlamydia, it is advisable to also be tested for trichomonas vaginalis, as this infection is often found alongside these STIs.
If this infection is not treated, it can increase the risk of premature labour in pregnant women, as well as weakening the cervical mucus, which plays a vital role in protecting against infections. Men are also at risk of contracting prostatitis.
Can I buy a trichomonas vaginalis treatment online?
Trichomonas vaginalis treatments are available to buy online from euroClinix. Ordering the medication is simple: you just need to complete a free online consultation which will be viewed by our doctor. If the doctor confirms that the trichomonas vaginalis treatment it safe for you, you will be issued a prescription which will then be dispensed by our pharmacy. You can expect to receive your medication very quickly as we use a free overnight delivery service. This means you will be able to start your course of treatment as soon as possible.