Trich during pregnancy raises the risk of premature
rupture of membranes (PROM) and premature delivery. Treating the infection does
not appear to reduce this risk.2 If you are pregnant
and have trich, talk to your doctor about the pros and cons of treatment.
How is trich spread, and how can it be prevented?
Trich is spread when a person has unprotected sex with an infected
partner. Some people carry the parasite that causes trich, but they do not have
symptoms. So it is important to practice safe sex to prevent getting trich.
Using a condom each time you have sex may reduce your chance of getting an
In rare cases, it may be possible to get trich from contact
with personal items, such as a wet towel, that a person with trich has just
used. The trich parasite cannot live on objects for long, so it is not usually
spread this way.
Trich may be spread from a mother to her baby
during a vaginal delivery, but this is also rare.
Symptoms of a
trich infection in young children may be a sign of sexual abuse. They need to
be checked by a doctor.