How to Treat Trichomoniasis Effectively


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  • If you test positive for trichomoniasis, there are ways that you can relieve trichomoniasis at home
  • If you’re prescribed antibiotics like metronidazole or tinidazole, avoid these because of the various health side effects that you may be predisposed to

Trichomoniasis is the most commonly treated sexually transmitted infection (STI),1 with typical symptoms going away after a week.2 However, if they last for a longer period, talk to a physician about getting retested or retreated.

Reinfection could occur among trichomoniasis patients, with 1 in 5 people becoming infected in as little as three months after initial treatment. If a case of trichomoniasis is left untreated, the infection can last for months or even years.3

How Is Trichomoniasis Diagnosed?

Trichomoniasis cannot be confirmed by looking at symptoms alone. To determine if you have this STI or not, undergo a physical exam or laboratory test. Common diagnostic procedures for trichomoniasis include:4,5

Cell cultures: Urine or a swab from the vagina or urethra is grown in a laboratory to make it easier to find the trichomonas vaginalis parasite.6

Antigen test: If the parasite that causes this STI is present, antibodies bind and change color, indicating an infection.

Wet preparation: Fluid samples from women or urethral discharge from men are examined under a microscope. However, this test isn’t always reliable.

DNA test: This test looks for the DNA of the parasite, and is done by checking vaginal swabs or urine. Women may also take this test alongside a pelvic exam. Compared to a microscopic test, this is more accurate.

Additional tests might be done for men, as the parasite is harder to detect in males. Women are advised to schedule their trichomoniasis exam during non-menstruating days, avoid vaginal douching or using vaginal sprays 24 hours prior and use condoms during sexual intercourse, particularly 24 hours before the exam.7

Three months after initial treatment for trichomoniasis, contact your physician to see if you can take a follow-up test. The reinfection rate for this disease rises to 17 percent during this period, and reinfection is possible even if partners were treated.8

There are also trichomoniasis tests you can do at home, particularly boxed test kits. Instructions are stated on the box, and has a return envelope to mail the results back to the provider. This may be more convenient, because it’s quick and can give you results in around two to five days.9

However, you might want to consider talking to a physician or trusted health expert, especially if you have additional questions about this STI that you want to clarify.

Natural Remedies for Trichomoniasis You Should Try

If you test positive for trichomoniasis, there are ways that you can relieve trichomoniasis at home. Try these natural cures for trichomoniasis:10,11,12

Tea tree oil: This is beneficial for trichomoniasis patients, since it’s a natural antibiotic and antimicrobial that eradicates the parasite responsible for this infection.

The oil is typically applied on the vagina, but since it can cause skin irritation, consult a physician first or take an allergen patch test to check for negative reactions to the oil.

Tea tree oil may also be diluted with a carrier oil like almond or olive oil, but should not be taken orally.13

Bergamot essential oil: With its antibiotic and antibacterial properties, bergamot essential oil can help clear up the trichomoniasis infection.

It’s useful in cleaning vaginal discharge caused by this STI. To use this, add a few drops to a warm bath. Just make sure to talk to a physician first or take an allergen patch test prior to using.

Colloidal silver: By attaching to the parasites and deactivating them, colloidal silver could work in healing trichomoniasis.

Garlic: This vegetable’s natural antimicrobial and antibiotic properties make it a potent way to treat trichomoniasis naturally. Ideally, eat garlic raw to reap its maximum benefits.

Traditionally fermented yogurt: Eating yogurt made from raw milk from grass fed cows provides you with beneficial gut bacteria, which can help fight infections, enhance the immune system and eliminate toxins.

Apart from adding yogurt to your meals, you could apply this onto the affected area to clear the infection. Ideally, use daily until the infection goes away.

Citrus fruits: These help maintain good cervix health through collagen production and maintenance of the structural integrity of the cervical walls, making it difficult for the infection to occur.

Lemons, oranges and grapefruits are your best bets. However, consume these in moderation, as eating too much will increase your fructose levels, which could be harmful to your body in the long run.

Echinacea: Also known as coneflower, Echinacea could boost your immune system and slow down the trichomoniasis infection. Echinacea tea or oil may be utilized to combat trichomoniasis.

Water: Proper hydration may help the body fight the trichomoniasis infection, especially if it’s already vulnerable. It also makes you urinate more often and flushes out toxins from the body.

Aside from water, you can also drink coconut water, green tea or organic vegetable juice to hydrate yourself.

Stay away from alcohol, coffee (unless it’s black and consumed in moderation), hot chocolate, aerated drinks and sweet juices as much as possible.

Turmeric: This spice is a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial agent.

A compound in turmeric called curcumin supports effective circulation, reducing inflammation and treating the infection. Curcumin also aids with filtering the blood to remove the infection and other toxic substances in the body.

Avoid These Medicines at All Costs

If you’re prescribed antibiotics like metronidazole or tinidazole, avoid these because of the various health side effects that you may be predisposed to.14 Metronidazole isn’t recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women at all, but it’d be wise to avoid it, since it may cause a slight metallic taste in your mouth, and trigger these side effects:15,16

Nausea or vomiting


Loss of appetite



Abdominal cramps


Severe side effects of metronidazole include seizures and encephalopathy or abdominal brain function, which could be indicated by seizures, dizziness, headaches, confusion, convulsions (sudden movements triggered by tightening of muscles) and ataxia (loss of control of body movements).17 Just like metronidazole, tinidazole may leave a metallic or bitter taste in your mouth, and predispose you to complications like:18

Vaginal itching or discharge

Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite or indigestion

Constipation, diarrhea or stomach cramps

Feelings of weakness or tiredness



Allergic reactions like hives, difficulty breathing or swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat

Fever, chills, body aches and flu symptoms

Numbness, burning pain or a tingling sensation

Seizures or convulsions


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