What are the signs and symptoms of trichomoniasis in women?

Updated: Jan 02, 2020
  • Author: Darvin Scott Smith, MD, MSc, DTM&H; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Trichomoniasis symptoms in women range from none to severe pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Women with trichomoniasis frequently report an abnormal vaginal discharge, which may be purulent, frothy, or bloody. Although frothy vaginal discharge is thought to be the classic presentation of trichomoniasis, women with trichomoniasis also commonly report the following: [16, 60]

  • Abnormal vaginal odor (often described as musty)
  • Vulvovaginal itching, burning, or soreness
  • Dyspareunia (pain during sexual intercourse), often the major complaint
  • Dysuria (pain during urination)
  • Postcoital bleeding
  • Lower abdominal pain

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