Trichomoniasis (Trich)

"Trich" is a condition caused by a protozoan - a microscopic, one-cell animal. It is a common cause of vaginal infections. Up to five million Americans develop trichomoniasis every year.

Common Symptoms

  • Frothy, often unpleasant-smelling, discharge
  • Itching in and around the vagina
  • Blood spotting in the discharge
  • Swelling in the groin
  • Urinating more often than usual - often with pain and burning.
  • Only rarely do men have symptoms. Sometimes women have no symptoms. It takes from 3-28 days for symptoms to develop.


Vaginal intercourse.


Microscopic examination of vaginal discharge.


Drugs called 5-notroimidazoles are successful for both partners.


Condoms offer very good protection against trich. Spermicide offers some protection