Trichomoniasis is a common sexually transmitted disease.
It is one of the most common STDs in the world. Some people refer to it as “trich”.
The interesting thing is that more than two-thirds of the people with trich, experience no symptoms at all.
People with trichomoniasis might not even know they are infected 1.
Caused by a parasite, trichomoniasis can be treated both naturally and with traditional treatment.
Today, we will talk about some of the home remedies for trichomoniasis, as well as how it affects humans.
Do not worry, unlike other STDs, trich is easily curable. It might not be as well-known as other STDs, but does not mean it is not a serious condition.
If you do not pay attention and treat it, it might lead to changes in the cervix in women and increase the risk of preterm delivery.
When you are sexually active and you suspect of STD, you should check and test yourself.
And that applies to both you and your partner, no matter if you have symptoms or not.
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What is it and how do you get it?
As mentioned, trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted disease that affects more than 3.7 million people in the United States.
That makes is the most curable STD in the United States 2.
According to the World Health Organization, more than 200 million cases of trichomoniasis happen in a given year around the world.
That is a serious number that should not be ignored 3.
The infection spreads through sexual contact, same as most other STDs.
It can spread either between a man and a woman or between two women 4.
It is highly unlikely that a trich passes from one man to another.
When it spreads to women, trich commonly affects the vulva, urethra, or vagina.
In men, the infection is often found inside the penis (in the urethra).
The parasite cannot survive in places such as the mouth and anus, so it does not affect and spread to other body parts.
There are cases when your body and immune system fight off trich even without treatment.
It can take up to few months.
However, in most cases, a complete cure is needed, be it conventional treatment, or home remedies.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms appear 5 to 28 days after getting infected, and they are different in men and women 5.
There is still no explanation why some experience symptoms and others do not.
However, what is known is that symptoms can range between mild and severe.
They can also come and go, or be constant.
Here are the trich symptoms in women:
- Itching of the inner thighs
- Itching and burning sensation in the genital area
- Red or sore genitals
- Discomfort when urinating-
- New or unusual vaginal discharge, often being clear, white, yellow, or green
- Discomfort and pain during sex
Looking at the symptoms, they are very similar to those of a yeast infection or chlamydia.
That is why you should test yourself and get an accurate diagnosis from a health professional.
In men, the symptoms are the following:
- Itching or irritation inside the penis
- Discharge from the penis
- Pain or burning after urinating or ejaculating
If your partner has been diagnosed with trichomoniasis, you test yourself, no matter if you experience symptoms or not.
Anyone who is sexually active can get trich.
However, there are risk factors.
Women between 16 and 35 are at higher risk. In the United States, African American women are 10 times more likely to have the infection than white women 6.
Here are some other risk factors:
- Having regular unprotected sex
- Multiple sex partners
- Misuse of condoms
- Having sex with someone who is infected and does not practice safe sex
- Having had the infection in the past
What is the conventional treatment method?
If you find out you or your partner have trich, the good news is that the infection is fairly easy to treat 7.
Most people will just need a single course of antibiotics.
You can be cured within a week.
That is if you use the conventional treatment.
Some people also look for home remedies for trichomoniasis, as they do not like to use antibiotics.
Antibiotics are effective in killing the parasites responsible for trich, but can also lower your immune system by killing off healthy bacteria as well 8.
You need to take the full course of antibiotics even if the symptoms are already gone.
It is also worth noting that some cases of trich can be resistant to antibiotics treatment.
Therefore, you might need to turn your attention to home remedies for trichomoniasis.
How to treat it naturally?
Tea tree oil
One of the most commonly used essential oils, tea tree oil can help with a variety of ailments and conditions.
The natural essential oil has antimicrobial and antibiotic properties, making it effective for killing off parasites 9.
Dilute few drops of tea tree oil, and then apply on the vagina.
Because it is strong and potent, tea tree oil might cause irritation at first, but will help.
Another essential oil that is part of the home remedies for trichomoniasis.
Bergamot also has antibacterial, antimicrobial and antibiotic properties 10.
Bergamot is very effective in clearing up vaginal discharge.
The best way to reap the benefits is to add it your warm bath.
Colloids of silver can attach themselves to the parasites and suck the life out of them.
Use them until the infection clears up.
Garlic has some of the most potent antimicrobial and antibacterial properties in nature.
You can use it for almost every parasite.
Same as tea tree oil, garlic can eliminate the parasite causing the infection 11.
You can reap the benefits just by eating a clove of garlic on a daily basis.
Being a probiotic, yogurt can restore the balance of bacteria in your system 12.
Consume yogurt daily to keep your minerals and vitamins high, and your body bacteria-free.
You can also try and apply yogurt on the affected area topically.
Combine half a teaspoon of yogurt with one cup of water and apply topically.
Apple cider vinegar
The best way to fight off parasites and bacteria is by keeping a clean interior atmosphere in your vagina.
Cleansing with apple cider vinegar will do just that.
The remedy will keep things clean, and flush out some of the infections and discharge 13.
Mix apple cider vinegar with water in 1:2 ratio, and then apply on the affected area.
Being that citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C, they can keep your body running smoothly.
Vitamin C helps maintain the health of your cervix by producing collagen.
Just consume citrus fruits like lemons, oranges, limes, and grapefruit on a daily basis, and you’ll notice your infection is gone within days.
Another ingredient that can help you improve your immune system and ward off infections is Echinacea.
Take the supplement on a daily basis to slow down the infection.