Trichomoniasis is known as the sexually transmitted disease caused by a parasite that in women can cause painful urination, itchy genitals and foul-smelling discharge.
While in women the most common symptoms are the above, in the case of men it is possible that they have contracted the disease but do not show symptoms, something that occurs regularly.
In the case of presenting symptoms, trichominiasis appears in men in the form of irritation inside the penis, discharge and a burning sensation when urinating or ejaculating.
In the event that the person who has contracted the infection is still a pregnant woman, this sexually transmitted disease becomes more dangerous. Trichomoniasis in pregnant women increases the risk of preterm delivery , so it is important to treat the disease.
What are the causes of trichomoniasis
Trichomoniasis is caused by a one-cell protozoan , a parasite that is transmitted sexually through unprotected intercourse. The incubation period is between 4 and 28 days and it is easier to contract this disease if you have already had a previous episode of trichomoniasis, if you have a history of sexually transmitted diseases, if you have several sexual partners and if you have sex without a condom.
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Despite being a non-alarming infection, if the infected person is a pregnant woman, it can cause premature delivery, a baby with low birth weight or the fetus being infected by passing through the birth canal.
What is the treatment of trichomoniasis
Trichomoniasis is usually treated with metronidazole or tinidazole , and to cure the disease it is necessary that both people in the couple undergo treatment to prevent one of the two from recontacting.
It is advisable not to have sexual intercourse in the period of time that the treatment lasts – which is approximately a week – not to drink alcohol during the treatment of the disease, and it is advisable to undergo tests a few months after taking the last pill, to ensure that that there is no new trichomoniasis infection.
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