Trichomoniasis Symptoms in Singapore: Trichomoniasis, or “trich,” is a sexually transmitted infection that may cause itching and discharge, or may not cause symptoms. It can be easily treated.
If there are symptoms from trichomoniasis, they can begin anywhere from three days to four weeks after the exposure to the parasite.
Women with trichomoniasis may experience discharge from the vagina. The discharge is usually yellowish-green and liquid or frothy, and often has a “fishy” smell. Sometimes, there is bloody spotting in the discharge. There is also often pain or a burning sensation with urination, and there may be an urge to urinate more frequently than usual. Women with trichomoniasis commonly have itching of the vagina, and this discomfort may increase when they have intercourse. It’s rare for trichomoniasis to cause pain in the abdomen or pelvis, although it can occasionally happen.
Men may experience burning or itching in the urethra (the tube that urine and semen pass through, which ends at the tip of the penis). The discomfort may increase during sexual intercourse, and there may also be burning with urination or with ejaculation. Sometimes, there is discharge from the urethra, similar to that found in the vagina of infected women; usually, the discharge is mild (as opposed to the discharge in women, in whom there is often a lot of discharge). However, in many cases, the infection produces no symptoms in men. The parasite is able to reside in men, potentially for years, without them knowing about it, and infect their female partners.
Trichomoniasis in pregnant women has been linked to their babies being born prematurely (too early, which can damage their health) or having low birth weight (which is also associated with poorer health outcomes). In some studies, it’s also been associated with cancer of the cervix in women and cancer of the prostate in men. It’s not clear that Trichomonas vaginalis actually causes these problems; it could just be that trichomoniasis, being a sexually transmitted infection, is associated with other sexually transmitted infections that cause these problems. However, it’s possible that trichomoniasis is more serious than commonly thought. If found, it should be treated.