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the drs told me today that i have Trichomoniasis but this month i missed my menstrual cycle could that be the reason


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Sorry, no dice.  Trichomoniasis is considered a sexually transmitted disease (STD).  In fact, it's considered the most common curable STD in young sexually active women.  It has nothing to do with missing your menstrual cycle unless you're pregnant and your partner has it and wasn't wearing a condom (which would explain your infection & pregnancy).

 

Men are typically asymptomatic from trichomoniasis.  In other words, we're clueless (so what else is new?).  Women may complain of of a frothy yellowish-green vaginal discharge with a strong odor.  Just from reading alone, you might wonder if you have bacterial vaginosis (caused by Gardnerella vaginalis) but the difference is under the microscope whereby you find protozoa in the former and clue cells in the latter.  So if yor doctor says you have trich, most likely you have trich.  Rarely, it can spread & get worse, turning into pelvic inflammatory disease. 

 

S/he should also have given you a prescription for an antibiotic to treat this infection.  Typically, we prescribe metronidazole.  However, you have to be careful to avoid drinking any alcohol while taking this antibiotic.  You should abstain from sex until you finish your antibiotics and all your symptoms are resolved.  You might also consider having your partner checked & treated to prevent re-infection.  Of course, your family physician should have mentioned all this to you already at the time of diagnosis.  Good luck!

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