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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.

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Last Updated: July 09, 2012
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