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Trichomonas vaginalis

What is trichomonas?

  • A trichomonas infection can cause an infection of the vagina, the urethra or bladder.  
  • Trichomonas is not serious and can be treated well.

What causes trichomonas?

  • Trichomonas is caused by micro organisms which are transmitted by sexual contact. 
  • One to four weeks after the infection the first symptoms can occur. 
  • Sometimes the complaints only occur after years.  
  • Therefore it is difficult to determine when someone got infected.

What are the complaints?

  • Sometimes you don’t notice the infection for years. 
  • Women have more complaints than men. 
  • If the vagina becomes inflamed, this may cause some itching, and a lot, sometimes smelly, sometimes yellowish green discharge. 
  • The labia and the inside of the vagina can be red, swollen and painful. 
  •  Urinating can also be painful.

How can the infection be diagnosed?

  • For women a trichomonas infection can be detected by examining some vaginal discharge under the microscope or by growing a culture of it.

Treatment

  • A trichomonas infection is not serious and is not harmful.  
  • In case of unpleasant complaints such as itching, pain or smelly discharge, an anti-parasite treatment helps.  
  • The doctor will prescribe a single dose of antibiotics. 
  • You may not use alcohol on the day of the treatment!

Warning partners

  • Because trichomonas is transmitted by sexual contact, you must inform your sex partners.  They can than also have an examination, even if they do not have complaints, and, if necessary, get treatment.
  • This is important to prevent you or others from getting  infected again.

 Work advice

  • It is best not to have sex on the day of the treatment. 
  • We further advise you not to have sexual contact until 7 days after your treatment.  
  • If sexual contact cannot be avoided, you must certainly use a condom.

Warning partners

  • Because trichomonas is transmitted by sexual contact, you must inform your sex partners.  They can than also have an examination, even if they do not have complaints, and, if necessary, get treatment. 
  • This is important to prevent you or others from getting  infected again.

 

Work advice

  • It is best not to have sex on the day of the treatment. 
  • We further advise you not to have sexual contact until 7 days after your treatment. 
  •  If sexual contact cannot be avoided, you must certainly use a condom.