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Trichomoniasis—The Facts on Treatment and Prevention

Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that is quite common and easy to treat. Trichomoniasis is caused by an infection of a protozoan parasite specifically named, trichomonas vaginalis. Of all the sexually transmitted diseases, trichomoniasis is the most widely occurring with estimates into the millions for the United States alone. According to the National Institutes of Health, US National Library of Medicine there is an, "estimated worldwide incidence of 248 million new cases per year." Fortunately, many of those with trichomoniasis never experience actual symptoms.

How is Trichomoniasis Spread?

Trichomoniasis is a parasitic infection spread between people during sexual activity. The parasite can spread from vagina to penis, penis to vagina, and vagina-to-vagina. It can also affect other areas such as the anus, mouth, and even hands. While many may contract the infection and never experience any symptoms whatsoever, they are still carriers and can pass the infection to their sexual partners.

Symptoms of Trichomoniasis


  • Itching and/or Irritation (inside the penis)
  • Burning after Urination
  • Burning during Ejaculation
  • Discharge from the Penis


  • Itching (genitals)
  • Burning (genitals)
  • Redness (genitals)
  • Soreness (genitals)
  • Discomfort With Urination
  • Change In Vaginal Discharge*
  • *(thin or increased volume) (clear, white, yellowish, or greenish with unusual smell)

Treatment Options

Trichomoniasis can be treated easily with antibiotic medications such as metronidazole or tinidazole.

It is generally safe to take these medications during pregnancy, though some may be inadvisable for the first trimester. Check with your doctor before taking any drugs if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy.

Consumption of alcohol in any form for 24 hours after taking certain antibiotics may cause many troubling side effects. Talk to your doctor about the risks and symptoms.

Drugs Commonly Used to Treat Trichomoniasis

  • Metronidazole
  • Tinidazole

Compounded Medication Options

Compounding pharmacists prepare medications from the same active ingredients as the big pharmaceutical manufacturers and chains, but compounding pharmacists customize them in the most optimum dosages and forms of delivery. Compounding pharmacists can craft medications into topical gels and patches, syrups, solutions, gummies, tablets, injectables, suppositories, and more. Additionally, compounded medications are often easier on the body than mass produced meds. Talk to your doctor about the options for using compounded medications for all your conditions requiring medications and drugs.

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