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Trichomoniasis - When To Call a Doctor

Call your doctor immediately if you:

  • Have lower belly pain and a fever higher than 101°F (38.3°C) along with an abnormal vaginal discharge.
  • Are pregnant and have symptoms of a vaginal infection or a urinary tract infection (UTI), such as abnormal discharge from the vagina or pain or burning during urination.

Call your doctor for an appointment within 1 week if you:

  • Have an abnormal vaginal discharge.
  • Have unusual vaginal itching.
  • Have pain during sex or urination.
  • Find out that your sex partner has been diagnosed with or treated for trichomoniasis (trich).

Watchful waiting

Watchful waiting is a period of time during which you and your doctor observe your symptoms or condition without using medical treatment. Watchful waiting isn't appropriate if you think you have trichomoniasis (trich). In most cases, trich should be treated to prevent transmitting this sexually transmitted infection to others and to prevent some problems that can happen if you are pregnant.

Note: Trich during pregnancy raises the risk of premature rupture of membranes (PROM) and premature delivery. Treating the infection doesn't appear to reduce this risk.3 If you are pregnant and have trich, talk to your doctor about the pros and cons of treatment.

Who to see

Health professionals who can diagnose and treat a trichomoniasis (trich) infection include:

To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.


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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