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Sexual Conditions Health Center

Trichomoniasis - Symptoms

Up to 50 out of 100 women and men infected with trichomoniasis (trich) do not have symptoms.2 If symptoms develop, they usually appear within 1 week after a person is infected. But symptoms can develop months later.

In women

Symptoms may be worse during pregnancy or right before or after a menstrual period. Symptoms in women may include:

  • Large amounts of pale yellow or gray-green, sometimes foamy discharge from the vagina.
  • Vaginal itching or irritation.
  • Abnormal musty or fishy odor.
  • Pain with sexual intercourse even if you use a lubricant such as K-Y Jelly or Astroglide.
  • Patchy red areas on the genitals or on the cervix (strawberry cervix).
  • Painful urination (dysuria) or frequent urination.
  • Discomfort in the lower abdomen. This isn't a common symptom of trich, and it may mean another problem is present.

In men

Men rarely have symptoms but still need treatment. If symptoms are present, they may include:

  • Abnormal discharge from the penis.
  • A burning feeling after urination.
  • Irritation and redness of the tip of the penis.

Trich can have symptoms similar to those of other sexually transmitted infections such as gonorrhea or chlamydia.


WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: November 14, 2014
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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