Trichomoniasis is caused by a single-celled organism called Trichomonas vaginalis. This organism is found in urinary tracts, vaginas, and the intestines of women and men. Urinary tract and vaginal infections take place when trichomonas and sexual contact mix in unprotected intercourse. Trich can also spread through bodily fluids via anal, vaginal, and oral sex. It’s important to note that men are rarely affected by trich symptoms and therefore only recognize their infection if their female partner begins to show signs of infection. Full transparency among sexual partners is very important when it comes to diagnosing STDs and STIs. Luckily, urinary tract infections (UTIs) caused by trich can be cured.
Can You Get Trich From A UTI?
Yes, you can develop trichomoniasis from a UTI. Trich caused by UTIs doesn’t always present any symptoms. Typically, trich is diagnosed with a self-cervical or vaginal examination.
If symptoms are present they typically come in the form of:
· Penile, urinary, or vaginal discharge that’s gray, green, or yellowish
· Discharge may have a foul smell
· Discharge may have bubbles or be froth-like
· Irritation, soreness, burning, or swelling
Causes Due To a UTI
In UTI cases, trich is caused by trichoma, a tiny yet sometimes visible with the human eye, parasite. The main cause of UTI related trich is unprotected sexual contact with an infected person. Trich spreads whenever pre-cum, semen, or cum and vaginal fluids enter the vulva, penis, or vagina. Sharing sex toys during vaginal sex can spread trich as well. It’s contagious, so be aware of your risks involved with UTIs and trich. Trich does not infect the anus, mouth, or other body parts.
Identifying The Problem
One way to identify a trich infection working with a UTI is to check with your doctor. In the case you feel irritation, pain during urination, or abnormal discharge these could be warning signs. Receiving a test is the best way to diagnose the problem. Testing gives you the peace of mind your sexual health deserves. Recognizing an issue is the first step to treatment, so see your doctor or order a testing kit from myLAB Box™ if you have any concerns or doubts about your sexual health.
In most cases, trich can be easily cured. There are certain antibiotics that are used to treat the infection. Typically, you are only required to take one dose of tinidazole or metronidazole. If you undergo treatment, it’s essential your sexual partner undergoes treatment as well. Make sure to follow all of your doctor’s orders and to finish any required prescriptions or treatments assigned to you. On the plus side, Trich is curable. That said, it will take some time to wash it out of your system.
Important Tips for a Urinary Tract
· Take medicine according to how your doctor prescribed them.
· Your partner should receive the necessary treatment as well, so you do not re-infect one another.
· Be sure you are not involved in any sexual activity for at least a one-week period or what your doctor recommends.
· Do not share prescription medications.
Getting tested regularly is the best way to stay on top of your sexual health. myLAB Box™ offers many different at home STD testing kits including a Trichomoniasis testing kit.
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