Trichomoniasis is commonly known as a sexually transmitted infection (STI). It is mainly caused by a parasite known as Trichomonas vaginalis. Majority of the trichomoniasis patients do not show signs and symptoms at an early stage. It is a treatable and curable disease provided it is addressed at the initial stage with the right course of treatment. Trichomoniasis spreads through sexual intercourse by semen or vaginal fluid which transmits the infections. It is contagious and can spread from one person to another.

Trichomoniasis is a non-viral sexually transmitted disease that needs immediate attention. Left untreated, it can cause many health issues and complications which can be very difficult to deal with in the advanced stage. It is known to affect men and women both. It puts you at risk of spreading other STDs which includes HIV in complicated cases. Homeopathy works as a complementary and supportive therapy along with conventional medicines to treat trichomoniasis effectively.

Role of homeopathy in trichomoniasis

Trichomoniasis is a form of STD that can cause adverse effects on the body if ignored. The main challenge in this disease is the recurrence and chronicity of the problem. This infection can remain in a silent stage without giving any signs and symptoms for a long time. However, the infection can be in an active phase damaging the body internally.

It is important to boost the immune system which can help fight against the trichomoniasis infection. Homeopathy helps in boosting immunity to prevent long-term complications and adverse effects of trichomoniasis. Homeopathic remedies for trichomoniasis work by treating the symptoms and controlling the activity of the parasite. It prevents the progression of the disease by enhancing the activity of conventional medicines.

Six homeopathic medicines for trichomoniasis

Cantharis vesicatoria

Common name: Spanish fly

Cantharis is suggested in cases of trichomoniasis infection which is recurrent and chronic in nature. There is urgency to urinate with pain and gastric problems. It is specifically suited for severe itching of the genitals with burning and stinging pain in both men and women. It also works for vaginal infection by treating vaginal inflammation and discharge. This remedy helps resolve burning sensations in the lower abdomen, pelvis, and region of ovaries. It also helps in reducing bladder inflammation.

Sepia officinalis

Common name: Inky juice of cuttlefish

Sepia is indicated for pain, burning sensation in the pelvic areas, and vaginal discharge. This remedy helps in reducing pelvic inflammation and prevents complications of associated pelvic inflammatory disease. There is the sensation of fullness in the vulva as if everything would fall out, and extreme pain during sexual intercourse. The vaginal discharge is yellow-greenish in color with extreme itching and painful periods. The complaints are aggravated in cold air and better with warm applications.

Calcarea carbonica

Common name: Carbonate of lime

Calc. carb. helps in reducing pelvic inflammation and vaginal yeast infection. It helps with itching and burning sensation in the vagina due to recurrent infection. The symptoms are worsened in cold humid weather and standing. The patient is better by lying down on the painful side and in dry weather.

Kalium muriaticum

Common name: Chloride of potassium

Kali. mur. is indicated in cases of trichomoniasis infection with extreme vaginal discharge. The vaginal discharge is in the form of thick mucus which is milky white in color and non-irritating. There is pain in urination and sexual intercourse. The patient may have vaginal discharge and spotting with dark-colored menses. This remedy helps in reducing pelvic inflammation. The symptoms are worsened by eating fatty foods and movement.

Sulphur

Common name: Sublimated sulphur

Sulphur is recommended for extensive and recurrent vaginal infections. There is a burning sensation of the vagina. It is suited for extensive vaginal sweating and discharge with offensive odor. The vaginal discharge and leukorrhea are extremely acidic and corroding leading to burning stinging pain in the genitals. The symptoms are worsened on bathing and washing the affected areas and better after lying down on the right side and in dry weather.

Berberis vulgaris

Common Name: Barberry

Berberis is indicated in cases of vaginal yeast infections due to trichomoniasis. This remedy helps reduce pelvic inflammation, congestion, and pain. The patient has extreme tenderness of the vagina with pinching and contraction sensation. It is suited for neuralgia conditions with sharp pain in the vagina. It helps in reducing extreme pain during urination and sexual intercourse.

Causative factors of trichomoniasis

The main causative factor of Trichomoniasis is the presence of the tiny parasite Trichomonas vaginalis. The germs are present in secretions of the body which include semen, vagina, and saliva. This can spread through different forms of sexual contact which include  vaginal-penile intercourse, anal intercourse, oral contact, skin-to-skin contact such as genital touching without ejaculation, unprotected sexual contact with someone having trichomoniasis infection, having multiple sexual partners, sexual intercourse without barrier methods, and someone with a strong history of sexually transmitted infections.

Apart from infecting the genitals, the trichomoniasis infection can also infect the anus, mouth, and hands. This infection does not spread through sharing food and drinks, holding hands, or other forms of non-sexual contact.

Symptoms of trichomoniasis

It has been noted that 70-80% of people with trichomoniasis infection may never have any active infection for a long time. However, the parasite may continue to remain active and infect other people through sexual contact. The trichomoniasis symptoms tend to appear within five to 26 days after exposure to the virus. The signs and symptoms develop over time after exposure. They are different in both men and women.

In women, the symptoms include:

  • Excessive vaginal discharge with a foul-smelling odor which may be white, gray, yellow, or greenish.
  • Intense itching with redness of genitals
  • Burning and stinging pain in the pelvic area
  • Pain during urination and passing motion
  • Painful sexual intercourse
  • Pressure, fullness, and discomfort in the lower abdomen
  • Soreness and redness at the opening of the vagina
  • Frequent urging to urinate
  • Vaginal spotting or bleeding
  • Infertility
  • PIDs (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease)
  • Fever and weakness associated with malaise

In men, the symptoms include:

  • Itching of the genitals
  • Irritation in the penis with discomfort
  • Pain in the pelvic and lower abdomen
  • Burning urination or after ejaculation
  • Discharge from penis
  • Extensive urethral discharge
  • Fever and extreme fatigue

Treatment of trichomoniasis

  • Antibiotics
  • Painkillers and NSAIDs to control pelvic pain and discomfort
  • Antipyretics to treat fever

Lifestyle modifications for trichomoniasis

  • Use protective barriers like condoms and dental dams for sexual intercourse.
  • Routine check-ups and blood tests are a must for trichomoniasis and other sexually transmitted diseases.
  • If you tested positive for trichomoniasis, it is important to tell your partner about active trichomoniasis infection.
  • Avoid multiple sexual partners to prevent further transmission of disease which puts you at higher risk of other complicated STDs too.
  • Engage in a monogamous relationship with one sexual partner.
  • Practice a healthy lifestyle with diet, nutrition, hydration, sleep, and exercise to prevent the recurrence of infection.
  • Maintain hygiene levels to prevent urinary tract infections or other pelvic infections.

Conclusion

Trichomoniasis can be treated effectively with the proper integration of conventional medicines, homeopathic remedies, and lifestyle changes. It helps to prevent further overgrowth of parasites causing the infection. Homeopathy puts the body system in a long-term state of remission by stimulating the immune system of the body. Without treatment, trichomoniasis can stay active or dormant in the body for months or even years. It is important to address this infection with medications. This sexually transmitted infection will not resolve on its own. The infection has high transmission which is capable of spreading infection to your partner. Homeopathy works as a preventive measure for trichomoniasis.

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