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Also referred to as “trich,” trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by a one-celled protozoan organism called Trichomonas vaginalis. In women, the organism causes an infection in the vagina, urethra, or both; while in men, it only causes infection in the urethra. Once the infection occurs, it can be easily spread from one person to another through genital contact during sex.

The risk of infection can increase due to having multiple sexual partners; a history of other STIs; previous trichomoniasis infections; and unprotected sexual intercourse.

Known symptoms of trichomoniasis

The signs of trichomoniasis typically occur within five to 28 days after infection. Trichomoniasis in women can cause the following:

  • Discomfort during sex
  • Itching burning and soreness of the vagina and vulva
  • Painful urination
  • Vaginal odor
  • Yellow-green or gray discharge from the vagina

Trichomoniasis in men can cause the following:

  • Burning after urination or ejaculation
  • Discharge from the penis
  • Itching or irritation inside the penis

Trichomoniasis can result in complications, such as vaginitis or inflammation of the vagina, increased susceptibility to other STDs or STIs, and premature delivery, low birth weight of the baby, and transmission of infection to baby during birth in pregnant women.

Body systems harmed by trichomoniasis

The body systems harmed by trichomoniasis are the immune, urinary, and reproductive systems.

List of foods or nutrients that prevent trichomoniasis

There is no information on what foods or nutrients prevent trichomoniasis.

Treatments, management plans for trichomoniasis

Home remedies to treat trichomoniasis include the following:

  • Washing with a myrrh solution – Myrrh is a resin that comes from the Myrrh (Commiphora molmol) tree. Research has shown that it effectively treated vaginal trichomoniasis in women. To use, add half a teaspoon of myrrh and half a teaspoon of goldenseal to a pint of water on the stove. Simmer for about 10 minutes and let it cool then strain. Use it as a wash twice a day for two weeks.
  • Using a garlic suppository – The diallyl trisulfide in garlic is responsible for the antiprotozoal activity of garlic. To make a garlic suppository, wrap a peeled garlic clove in gauze, dip it in vegetable oil, and insert it into your vagina. Change it for every 12 hours and use it for three to five days. You can also just add garlic to your diet instead.
  • Making a goldenseal tea – Goldenseal contains berberine which is believed to be effective against Trichomonas vaginalis. Make a tea of goldenseal and myrrh and use it to wash your genitals.
  • Cleansing with tea tree oil – Tea tree oil contains anti-protozoal properties against trichomonas. To use, wash with a solution of 0.4 percent concentration of tea tree oil in a quart of water.

Where to learn more


Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by a one-celled protozoan organism called Trichomonas vaginalis.

Trichomoniasis in women causes discomfort during sex, itching burning and soreness of the vagina and vulva, painful urination, vaginal odor, and yellow-green or gray discharge from the vagina.

Trichomoniasis in men causes burning after urination or ejaculation, discharge from the penis, and itching or irritation inside the penis.

Trichomoniasis can be treated with myrrh, garlic, goldenseal, and tea tree oil.

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