Trich in men
Trichomoniasis, AKA ‘Trich’, isn’t a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) that you hear about often. With a name like Trichomoniasis Vaginalis, it is easy to think that this STI only affects women, but the truth is - men can get it too - and if it’s left untreated, it can lead to serious complications. Here’s what you need to know about Trich in men.
How do men get Trich?
Trich typically lives in the urethra (a tube that connects the bladder and the ejaculatory ducts of the penis). Since Trich can live in both male and female reproductive organs, it can easily spread through sexual contact. It’s also the only bacteria that can live on other surfaces other than the human body, like gym towels, toilet seats, bedding or underwear - which makes it easy to contract.
Signs and symptoms
Trich mainly thrives in men’s urethras, which means the symptoms live there. Here are some of common symptoms of Trich in men:
- Pain when urinating or ejaculating
- Burning or itching sensation inside the penis
- Discomfort around the penis area
- Slight discharge from the penis
Possible complications caused by Trich in men
The urethra plays an important role in the urinary system and the reproductive system. When Trich goes undetected, it can live in the urethra for a long time and cause serious complications, some of which are:
- Swelling of the urethra
- Long-term or recurring UTIs
- Long-term or recurring bladder infections
- Swelling of the Prostate
- Swelling of the tube that contains sperm
- Swelling of one or both testes
- Prostate cancer
Treatment and prevention
The good news is that Trich is easy to treat and cure once it’s diagnosed by a healthcare provider. If you’re sexually active, make sure that you wear a condom every time you have sex. Remember that you can get Trich from other surfaces other than the human body. So if you’re using clothes, towels or even bedding that is not your own, make sure you trust that person and ensure that those items are clean before you use them.
As you would have noticed, Trich is very easy to get, carry and spread without even noticing. Educating yourself about Trich and other STIs is important because it can help you make informed decisions about your sexual health.
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