Trichomoniasis Symptoms

Reviewed by Frank Cockerill, MD, Mar. 28, 2017

Symptoms in Men:

Most Common:

  • Burning during or after urination
  • Burning during or after ejaculation
  • Itching inside the penis/urethra

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Symptoms in Women:

Most Common:

No symptoms (Only 30% of all people report any symptoms)

Less Common:

  • Vaginal burning, itching, redness or soreness
  • Discolored, foul smelling discharge
  • Pain during urination
  • Pain during sex
  • Itching in or around the vagina

Least Common:

Lower abdominal pain

Most women and men with trichomoniasis (trich) show no symptoms.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, this common and curable condition that affects nearly 3.7 million people per year displays symptoms in only about 30% of those infected. Doctors cannot diagnose trich by symptoms alone. A test is needed to confirm and treat a positive diagnosis.

How long does it take for symptoms of trichomoniasis to show up?

Should you experience any symptoms of this sexually transmitted disease, this will typically happen between the 5th and 28th day after contracting the infection.

Complications are not symptoms.

If left untreated, the complications caused by trichomoniasis are not to be confused for its symptoms. While discharge from the penis is a symptom of trichomoniasis, scarring of the urethra from an untreated infection is a complication.

Leaving trichomoniasis undiagnosed and untreated puts pregnant women at risk.

Left untreated in women, trichomoniasis can cause serious medical complications for pregnant women. This infection has been linked to early delivery caused by the premature rupture of membranes. Low birth rate is likely in infants born to mothers with trichomoniasis.

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