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Get treatment for Trichomoniasis with an online prescription

Trichomoniasis is a common sexually transmitted infection (STI) that is caused by the Trichomonas vaginalis (TV) parasite.

It is known to affect both men and women and is passed on during unprotected sex.

With the correct course of antibiotics, Trichomoniasis is easily cured. Keep reading to find out more about the infection and how to get an online prescription for treatment.

Medically reviewed by Dr. Caroline Fontana Written by our editorial team Last reviewed 19-03-2024

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What is Trichomoniasis?

Trichomoniasis (also known as Trich) is an infection caused by a parasite. Because this parasite is spread during sex, this makes it a sexually transmitted infection (STI).

Whilst it is more common in women, it can be transmitted to all genders and can appear with differing symptoms. However, it is also common for Trich to be symptomless.

Because of this, it’s important to get tested after having unprotected sex with someone new. This prevents you from passing on any STIs such as Trich unknowingly.

What causes it?

Trich is caused by the Trichomonas vaginalis parasite. This is a tiny organism that lives inside its host.

The parasite is passed on during unprotected sex. It is very easily spread because often there aren’t any symptoms.

This means that many people are unaware that they have an infection that can be passed on.

It is thought that only vaginal and penile sex can transmit Trichomoniasis.

Can you get Trichomoniasis without having sex?

Not all types of sex are considered a cause of Trichomoniasis. For example, anal and oral sex cannot transmit the parasite.

In some rare cases, there has been suggested evidence that Trich can be passed on without sexual activity. One study Trusted source National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Government Source Biomedical Research and Literature Go to source found that girls could transmit it from sharing bath water and towels.

However, unprotected sex is the primary cause of this infection.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of Trich usually show up within a month of becoming infected.

The following table outlines the different symptoms in both men and women:

Symptoms in men Symptoms in women
  • pain during urination or ejaculation
  • feeling the urge to urinate more than usual
  • thin, white discharge from the penis
  • soreness or redness around the head of the penis or foreskin
  • producing more discharge than usual
  • discharge with an unpleasant (or fishy) odour
  • soreness or itching around the vagina
  • pain when urinating or having sex

These symptoms are similar to those of other STIs (including chlamydia) and bacterial vaginosis - which can make Trichomoniasis difficult to diagnose.

Is discharge a sign of Trichomoniasis?

In women, abnormal or unusual vaginal discharge is a symptom of Trich.

In general, vaginal discharge is a sign that your body is functioning properly. It plays a role in keeping your vagina clean and healthy.

However, if you notice any changes in your vaginal discharge, this could be a sign of infection.

Normal, healthy discharge should:

  • be clear or white
  • not smell strongly or unpleasantly

Whereas, signs of abnormal discharge include:

  • being very thick or lumpy
  • being overly runny or watery
  • an unpleasant (fishy) odour
  • green, yellow, or grey tinges

Always get tested at a sexual health clinic if you have any of the above changes in your vaginal discharge.

Or, visit a doctor if your discharge has changed but you haven’t had unprotected sex. In this instance, you might have a different type of infection which isn't sexually transmitted, such as thrush.

Can Trichomoniasis be symptomless?

It is thought that as many as 70% Trusted source Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Government Source Go to source of people infected with the TV parasite do not experience any signs of infection.

Because of this, it is crucial to get tested at a sexual health practice after having unprotected sex with any new partners.

Many STIs are symptomless, meaning you can spread infections without even knowing you have one.

The following STIs are also frequently asymptomatic:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhoea
  • Human papillomavirus (HVP)
  • Herpes

What are the risks?

Having an undiagnosed STI puts yourself and others at further risk.

Trichomoniasis can increase your risk of spreading or catching other types of STIs.

For example, if you have experienced inflamed genitals from Trich, you are more likely to catch HIV.

It is essential to get treatment as soon as you discover a sexually transmitted infection so you can prevent any further complications.

Is there a risk to pregnant women?

Yes, getting Trichomoniasis whilst you are pregnant can put you and your baby at increased risk.

Complications include a premature birth (when the baby is born too early) and a low birthweight.

If you suspect Trich during your pregnancy, consult your doctor or midwife and get tested as soon as possible in order to begin treatment.

How do I take a Trichomoniasis test?

You can take a Trichomoniasis test by visiting your local sexual health practice.

The test is quick and easy - usually, Trich can be diagnosed with a swab taken from the penis or vagina, alongside an examination of the genitals.

If the test comes back positive it is important to inform all of your recent sexual partners as they are likely to be infected too.

How can I prevent it?

The easiest way of preventing Trichomoniasis is to practise safe sex. This involves:

  • using barrier methods of contraception (e.g. male or female condoms)
  • cleaning sex toys in between uses
  • using protection during same-sex intercourse

Limiting the number of sexual partners you have also decreases your risk of getting an STI.

How do I treat it?

If you test positive for Trichomoniasis, you must seek treatment as soon as possible. The infection will not go away on its own.

The most common treatment will be a course of antibiotics. When taken correctly, these can clear you of your infection within 1-2 weeks.

Most people are prescribed Metronidazole. Follow the dosage instructions given to your healthcare provider, and always finish the full course of medication which you have been prescribed.

Whilst taking this type of antibiotic, you must avoid drinking alcohol to avoid any adverse reactions or side effects.

Alcohol also slows down the body’s healing abilities and is best to avoid when you are recovering from an infection or illness.

Can I buy treatment online?

Yes, you can buy treatment for Trichomoniasis here at euroClinix with an online prescription.

Simply fill out the online consultation form before placing your order. This will then be reviewed by one of our UK doctors.

Once approved, the right treatment will be sent straight to your door in discreet packaging with free next-day delivery.

Further reading

Common STI symptoms: what to look out for

Common STI symptoms: what to look out for

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Can you drink alcohol on antibiotics?

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7 reasons you feel a burning sensation after sex

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Why does my penis smell?

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Antibiotics Without A Prescription: The Risks of Self-Medication

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STI testing: where and how to get tested

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The do's and don'ts of foods whilst taking antibiotics

The do's and don'ts of foods whilst taking antibiotics

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Metronidazole side effects & how to manage them

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