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Symptoms and Diagnosis


Dr. Mayzik
Most people with trichomoniasis, or trich, have no signs or symptoms of the parasite. When symptoms do occur, they can range from mild irritation to severe inflammation. Dr. Patel, can you tell us more?

Dr. Patel
Of course, Dr. Mayzik. Symptoms may develop within five to 28 days of being infected, but some people don't develop symptoms until much later. In addition, symptoms can come and go.

Women experience symptoms of trich more often than men do. These symptoms can include:

  • Itching, burning, redness, or soreness of the vagina and vulva
  • Painful urination
  • Yellow-green or gray discharge from the vagina
  • Vaginal odor, and
  • Discomfort or pain during sex
Most men with trich don't have any symptoms, but if they do, symptoms can include:
  • Itching or irritation inside the penis
  • Burning after urination or ejaculation, and
  • Discharge from the penis

DNA tests and culture tests can be used to diagnose trichomoniasis. These tests look for evidence of the parasite in a urine sample or a swab from the vagina or urethra.