Trichomoniasis is a disease caused by a parasite, which spreads between people during sex. It’s not always easy to tell when you have symptoms of Trichomoniasis, but once your doctor has diagnosed you with it, then you should consider treatment based on their advice.
At Zava, we offer two dosages of metronidazole, which is the most common treatment.
Trichomoniasis is also called ‘trichomonas’, or sometimes just ‘trich’.
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About trichomoniasis treatment
Who can get treatment online
Usually, to be able to get treatment online, you should have been:
- diagnosed with having trichomoniasis by a doctor
- told that your sexual partner has been diagnosed with trichomoniasis by a doctor
How to place your order
Placing an order for metronidazole at Zava is a simple and convenient process:
- Fill out a short online assessment about things like your health and lifestyle
- Place an order for metronidazole
- One of the doctors at Zava will check your assessment answers to see if the treatment is right for you
- If your order is right for you, then it can be posted to your preferred address, or you can collect it from a local post office instead
Common side effects of trichomoniasis treatment
At Zava, we offer metronidazole for trichomoniasis. Its side effects can be:
- feeling sick
- diarrhoea or vomiting
- a metallic taste in your mouth, or a furry feeling on your tongue
- headache/head pain
- stomach cramps
Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by a small parasite. It mostly affects people’s urethras (the part of the sexual organs that carries urine out of the body) or vaginas. It’s also possible for the head of the penis or prostate gland (which helps produce semen) to become infected too.
Trichomoniasis is the most common curable STD. Most of the time it isn’t serious, and can be treated and cured. You should just keep in mind that if you don’t get treatment, then it can last for months or even years.
Roughly 70% of infected people don’t have any signs or symptoms of trichomoniasis (they can still pass the infection on to others during this time).
When it does cause symptoms, they can be hard to spot.
Symptoms can range from mild irritation to severe inflammation. Some people with symptoms get them within 5 to 28 days after getting the infection. Others do not develop symptoms until much later. Symptoms can also come and go.
People don’t always experience symptoms. But they can include:
- Abnormal discharge from the vagina: heavy, foamy, yellow/greenish/grey, with a strong smell
- Itching/burning near the vagina
- More frequent or painful urination
- White discharge from the penis
- Pain/burning when you ejaculate
- Pain during sex
Trichomoniasis is caused by a parasite, which can be spread by unprotected sex (without a condom) or unsafe sexual activity – for example, sharing sex toys that haven’t been washed or been covered with a condom before being used.
You don't have to have a lot of sexual partners to catch trichomoniasis. Anyone who is sexually active can catch it and pass it on.
Trichomoniasis is usually spread by sexual contact between a penis and a vagina. It’s not very common for the parasite to infect other areas, like the hands, mouth, or anus. Trichomoniasis isn't thought to be passed on through oral or anal sex.
At Zava, we offer metronidazole in two dosages to treat trichomoniasis. The most common alternative treatment is called tinidazole.
You can order metronidazole in two different dosages:
- 400mg – which is taken twice a day for 7 days
- 2g (2000mg) – which is taken just once. If you experience side effects, they will be much stronger with this dosage, as it is much higher. But, you will only need to take the dosage once, rather than over 7 days
Both dosages are equally effective at treating trichomoniasis.
Like every medication, metronidazole can cause some side effects. Not everyone experiences these, but you should be on the lookout for them.
Common side effects:
- Feeling like throwing up
- Headache or head pain
- Eating less
- Stomach cramps
- Metallic taste or furry feeling on your tongue
- Heartburn (indigestion)
Serious side effects
If you have any of these serious side effects, then you should call your doctor or emergency services immediately:
- Yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes. These can be warning signs of issues in your liver or gallbladder
- Unexpected infections, mouth ulcers, bruising, bleeding gums, or extreme tiredness. These can be caused by a blood problem
- Bad stomach pains that could also affect your back – this can be a sign of pancreatitis
- Blurred/double vision
- Fever, stiff neck, hallucinating, feeling confused, struggling with bright light, finding it difficult to speak - these can be signs that metronidazole is affecting your brain
No, you shouldn’t drink alcohol while you’re taking metronidazole. And after your treatment has finished, you should wait for about 2 days before drinking alcohol again.
Alcohol can give you severe side effects such as:
- Feeling sick
- Stomach pain
- Hot flushes
- Pounding heartbeat
Trichomoniasis is unlikely to go away without treatment, which is why you’ll normally be prescribed antibiotics for it. Most people are treated with an antibiotic called metronidazole.
Any sexual partners you’ve had in the last 4 weeks should also be treated for trichomonas.
It's important to complete the whole course of antibiotics, and avoid having sex until the infection clears up, to stop you getting infected again.
Getting treatment for trichomoniasis is a good idea for a few reasons:
- You could pass this on to anyone you have sex with
- You could suffer from symptoms of trichomoniasis, which can impact make your daily life
- Having trichomoniasis can make it feel unpleasant to have sex. So if you don’t have treatment for it, you might find that your sex life suffers
- If you’re pregnant, trichomoniasis makes some things more likely such as having your baby too early, a lower birth weight, and passing the infection to them
- Trichomoniasis can increase your risk of getting or spreading other sexually transmitted infections
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