Because some people are asymptomatic, it may be difficult to diagnose trichomoniasis. Its symptoms are similar to other sexually transmitted infections and diseases.
If you suspect that you are infected and require trichomoniasis treatment, a healthcare professional will examine your genital area.
In men, the doctor will examine the penis for any inflammation or trichomoniasis discharge. Urine samples may also be collected.
After the physical examination, the doctor may collect a sample by swabbing the vagina or penis. This sample will be analyzed under a microscope or in a clinic to determine infection.
If it is suspected that you are infected, you may be given instructions to start a course of trichomoniasis treatment. This ensures that the infection is treated immediately, and the risk of passing it on to others is reduced.
What are the Complications of Trichomoniasis?
Trichomoniasis, although easily treatable, must not be taken lightly. If the disease is not addressed immediately, trichomoniasis can increase the risk of contracting or spreading other sexually transmitted infections. For example, trichomoniasis can cause genital inflammation, which makes a person more susceptible to HIV.
It also makes a woman susceptible to having pelvic inflammatory disease, an infection of the upper reproductive organs.
How Does Trichomoniasis Affect Pregnant Women?
Pregnant women with trichomoniasis may be at risk of having their babies born too early (preterm delivery). These babies are more likely to have a low birth weight (less than 5.5 pounds).