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Can trichomoniasis lead to other problems?

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If you don’t get it treated, trichomoniasis (trich) can cause some other issues. For starters, if you do get symptoms, they can make sex and peeing just plain uncomfortable.

Trichomoniasis can also increase your risk of getting or spreading other STDs including HIV. And if you already have HIV, trich may make you more likely to pass it to someone else. Because of this risk, doctors suggest that women with HIV get tested for trich at least once a year.

If you’re pregnant, trich may lead to having your baby earlier than expected. Your baby may also have a low birth weight, which can raise the chances that your baby will have health or developmental problems. It doesn’t happen often, but your baby may also get trich when passing through the birth canal. You can get treated for trich while pregnant, so talk to your doctor about the best options for you.

SOURCES:

CDC: “Trichomoniasis -- CDC Fact Sheet.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Trichomoniasis.”

Medscape: “Trichomoniasis.”

WomensHealth.gov: “Trichomoniasis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Trichomoniasis.”

 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 8, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: “Trichomoniasis -- CDC Fact Sheet.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Trichomoniasis.”

Medscape: “Trichomoniasis.”

WomensHealth.gov: “Trichomoniasis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Trichomoniasis.”

 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 8, 2019

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