Complications of trichomoniasis

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Trichomoniasis is a very common but curable sexually transmitted infection

Although trichmoniasis is not a very dangerous sexually transmitted disease, it can cause irritating and sometimes painful symptoms.

Trichomoniasis may result in the following complications:

  • Increased risk of contracting other sexually transmitted diseases
  • Any sexually transmitted infection increases ones chances of acquiring another sexually transmitted infection. That means if someone is infected with the Trichomonas parasite their chances of contracting other sexually transmitted diseases is higher. The risk of contracting other sexually acquired infections is especially higher when there is genital inflammation present from trichomoniasis.

  • Adverse effects on unborn baby during pregnancy
  • Women who have trichomoniasis have increased risk of going into preterm labour. This means the baby is born too early so it might not be as developed as what it should be. This infection can also cause unborn babies to have retarded growth and result in a baby with a low birth weight. This causes the newborn baby to not be as healthy as what it should be.

  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Trichomoniasis sometimes causes lower abdominal pain. This mostly occurs in women. It may contribute to pelvic inflammatory disease which is painful inflammation of the pelvic organs in women and may lead to infertility. Pelvic inflammatory disease more commonly develops with other sexually transmitted diseases.

Trichomoniasis is a very common but curable sexually transmitted infection. Most symptoms occur in women but men can be asymptomatic carriers and do sometimes develop symptoms. It is important to practice safe sex principles and to seek medical advice if trichomoniasis is suspected.