Trichomonas

Trichomonas is an infection caused by protozoa.

This Sexually Acquired Infection is often asymptomatic but still transmissable to sexual partner/s. Most men  experience no symtpoms but some may suffer from pain with urination, discharge, irritation and itching .  In women, symptoms may include pain during urination and sex, as well as green frothy discharge and soreness. Trichomoniasis can be treated with an antibiotic. Sexual intercourse should be avoided whilst you are on treatment.

Although complications are rare with trichomoniasis it can sometimes weaken the barrier of mucus in the cervix (the neck of the womb). This mucus barrier helps protect women from developing infection in their reproductive organs. If the mucus is weakened, this increases your risk of developing other infections. If a pregnant woman becomes infected there is a higher risk of preterm birth, preterm premature rupture of the membranes, and having a low-birth-weight baby.

The patient’s current partner must be notified. The picture below shows how trichomonas may look under the microscope.