Before launching into treatment for Trichomoniasis (trich), please make certain that it is in fact trich that is plaguing you. Two other similar vaginitis conditions can be easily confused with trich. So how to diagnose your vaginal ailment? First of all, BV is caused by bacteria, while candidiasis (a yeast infection), is obviously caused by the excessive presence of yeast, and Trichomonas vaginalis (trichomoniasis) is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by a parasite. To complete your own differently diagnosis for your vaginitis, consider your symptoms (most indicative listed first):
Bacterial Vaginosis: Relatively thin, whitish, foul-smelling discharge; little to no discomfort; discharge most common following sexual activity; vaginal pH above 4.5.
Trich: "Fishy" smell, itchiness (potentially from thighs to urethra), frothy yellow-green discharge, labial swelling. Sexually communicated.
Yeast Infection: "Cottage cheese" discharge; burning, itching, or pain related to sexual activity or urination; redness. Most likely in the case of someone with a weakened immune system.
"Trichomoniasis, sometimes referred to as "trich", is a common cause of vaginitis. It results both from shared external water sources (hot tubs, wet bathing suits, wet towels and washcloths), and as a sexually transmitted disease (STD). It is caused by the single-celled protozoan parasite Trichomonas vaginalis. Trichomoniasis is primarily an infection of the urogenital tract; the most common site of infection is the urethra and the vagina in women. It is most common in women and uncircumcised men. For uncircumcised men, the most common site for the infection is the tip of the penis." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trichomoniasis
Symptoms of trich can appear as early as 4 days after sex with an infected partner. But trichomoniasis often goes undiagnosed because symptoms may not appear until later, if at all.
... "In females, symptoms can include:
* abundant or frothy vaginal discharge ranging in color from gray to green to yellow, with a watery to milky consistency
* foul odor
* itching and tenderness in or around the vagina
* pain during sex
* bleeding after sex
* pain during urination
* soreness or itching of the labia and inner thighs
* swollen labia
Males who have trichomoniasis often don't show any symptoms." http://kidshealth.org/parent/infections/std/trichomoniasis.html
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02/12/2013: Shena1 from St. Louis, Mo: "I had been raped in November and then at the end of the month I got tested at my Obgyn. The results came back that I tested positive for chlamydia and trich so she gave me more than one prescription to take all at once with food the prescriptions were metronidazole 500 and azythromicin so a couple weeks later I went back for a follow up and I tested positive for trich again but the other std was gone so she prescribed me tinidazole and I decided to go to the std clinic five weeks afterwards and when I went they told me I had no stds or infections then the day after I went there I had my follow up appointment at the Obgyn, so she calls me today and tells me that im still testing positive for trich, but somebody help me out here, how is it that I tested negative at the VD clinic and now she just prescribed me a high dose of tindamax, I need somebody's opinion, I don't know what to do or who to believe can anyone relate, I have been single and abstinence for 3 months."Replies
02/13/2013: Helpyourself from Houston, Texas replies: "First thing to do is go to , yet, another clinic. If this one says negative on your tests then perhaps your regular doctor is inept or worse. I would surely report the doctor with evidence at hand. I reported a dentist who said I had 15 cavities - this was 30 years ago. I had NONE. These kinds of people need to be reported. Good luck!"
01/23/2009: Bobbie from Washington, DC: "I don't know whether or not you have looked into this, but there is another vaginal infection that plagues many women. It is called Trichomoniasis, or Trich for short. It is more prevelant than Bacterial Vaginosis. And much more dangerous. Can you include that in your remedies? Maybe someone out there has a remedy for it. It is another infection that doctors prescribe Flagyl for and the infection usually comes right back."Replies
04/21/2009: Frustrated from Dillon, SC replies: "I can really relate to what Bobbie had to say about Trichomoniasis. I have been diagnosed with this several times and receive the same treatment (Flagyl). It doesn't work and my partner was treated too. I want to know if the medication is suppose to kill the parasite or just relieve the symptoms. I want to know a treatment to get this parasite out of my body, permanently!!!"
08/11/2009: Syd from Des Moines, Ia replies: "I have not tried this herbal remedy yet (due to lack of $, even though its not that expensive) but searched herbs articles for vaginal odors and discharges to find that poor diet leads to excessive acidosis in the body which produces protective mucous. Trichomoniasis, std's, vaginosis, and viruses can be cured with herbal help!"
08/14/2009: Suzy from Nyc, Ny replies: "What herbal remedy haven't you tried yet?"
01/18/2011: Sal from Sa Antonio, Texas replies: "my wife contracted BV 3 times in one year, since I am a diabetic I thought it was jock itch which is the male version of bv which was the problem. I went to the doctor and got treated and so did she and it still came back to her. Â The drugs her ob gyn prescribed were flagyl, metrodinazole, and clindamycin and they worked for a short period of time only. Even when using condems she still got her symptons back. Turns out we both might have an std called Trichomoniasis or trich a very common std which can be contracted very easily. do your reserch on this and do not be embarresed to see your obgyn or uroligist and explain she has now been given Tinidazole lets see how this works, you need to be stern with your docter and try to get a two step treatment if possible. hope this helps."
04/11/2011: Wanda from Chicago, Il replies: "I was diagnosed with Trich for the first time probably 10 years ago and for 3 years my pap kept coming back with Trich. I was treated each time with Flagyl however when I stopped eating white bread, lots of sweets and carbs I was not diagnosed again until recently. I have not been eating like I should. I believe that our bodies have a hard time processing certain foods and there are certain parasites in some bad carbs that are very harmful to our bodies. I am now looking for a holistic remedy to cure this."
04/12/2011: Tommy from North York, On, Canada replies: "Hi Wanda,
I'm a pharmacologist and I made a web site dedicated to prozoan infections as they are responsible for many chronic diseases like IBS, Crohns disease as well as other mental issues like Depression...etc
All what I know about Trich is that it requires a 2 G of Flagyl once a day. But in your case it seems that you are carying a resistant strain to Flagyl so You can try Tinidazole 2g.
There is so many information gathered about protozoan infection. My goal is to help people including myself to find a cure for IBS caused by protozoan infection as the medical community are not providing us with any real help except the same song that it's a delusional thoughts ect.
07/11/2011: Bittagee from Denver, Co, 80203 replies: "Re: Trich. Even most OMDs don't know this: Pu-Erh tea is a powerful antibacterial. A test I ran at home showed it to be slightly superior to Clorox. Avoid tea bags. Buy it in bulk at larger Asian groceries. Three swallows of strong tea every 4 hours or as needed. Others that helped: Chinese patent formulas- Long Dan, Gui Pi Wan, Nu Ke Ba Zen Wan. Black walnut hulls, powdered. Digital mhz Zapper using the bacterial STD setting (with stabilized liquid oxygen). Raise pH. Avoid strong acid forming food: meat, sugar, vinegar, tomatoes, potatoes.
Here's a remedy for bacterial infections that I can't recommend because it is illegal: Bacteria need to create moisture in order to propagate. Take no fluid for 4 hours. Smoke marijuana to the point of 'dry mouth'. Take no fluid for 24 more hours. Food is optional but total fasting improves your chances. Repeat as needed.
What didn't help: Echinacea, goldenseal, garlic, turmeric, coptis, Flagyl, Cipro, Zithro, Doxycycline. NACLO is a possibility but can be hard to build up to the 20 drop recommended dosage without causing diarrhea.
I have been tested many times, always with negative results. Trich can be a difficult diagnosis in a man. I read it as trich by process of elimination. I am an ND with 15 years of study in various Chinese pharmacies."
01/19/2013: Since Jan. 1st! from Panama City, Fl replies: "I am on my 6th day of a 7 day treatment of flagyl for trich and bv and I still have symptoms!!! Soo uncomfortable."
06/07/2013: Druid from Bc, Canada replies: "Thanks for that website Tommy from North York, http://microscopiccreatures.lefora.com/: When you suggest a treatment for Trichomoniasis, like Tinidazole, is it ok to use generic tinidazole, ? that's the first question, and secondly, the online information states for treatment, oral Tinidazole, 2g as a single dose, would you have any idea if one hit will do the job, or if a person has this affliction for a long time, would it be better to say take the 2 g's a day for 5 days, to ensure success?"
Hydrogen Peroxide, Turmeric, Goldenseal, Echinacea
[YEA] 10/19/2010: Zen Flower from Cary, Nc, Usa: "I was horrified after discovering that I had contracted trich from my boyfriend (now ex). I was very irritated down there and noticed a strange smell which seemed stronger at different times of the month. I went straight to earth clinic and was disheartened by so many people saying they had tried many remedies to no avail. For many weeks, I tried to ignore the problem hoping my body would eventually fix it.... Of course, that didn't happen. Then I tried douching with H2o2, and it helped with the smell for a few days but then came back. I remembered a friend of mine telling me that people in India use Turmeric for many ailments, as it has powerful anti viral/bacterial properties. Now, I tried several things for about 3-5 days so I'm not sure if it was one thing or the combination that did it for me. But this is what I did:
For 3 days I used a tampon lightly sprayed with H202 and gently press turmeric powder all over the tampon. Insert, and leave in for about 2 hours. (do this once a day). It does burn a bit, so be mentally prepared :-)
I also did a couple of douches with H202 after the 3 days. Furthermore, for about 5 days, I took Golden seal and echinacea tablets, and probiotics. It has been over a month since I have done this and THANK GOD, I no longer feel I have any irritation or smell. Blessings."
02/01/2011: Kimberly from Dallas, Tx replies: "Hi Zen Flower im very frustrated with my gyno I have taken flagyl twice in 3 months and this trich isnt going away I guess I just wanted to know if this actually really works peroxide, turmeric, golden seal, and echinacea long term help im at my witts end."
12/28/2012: Sofia from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "I Tryed this last night and my vagina is still experiencing a burnin sensation. Is this normal? When will the burning sensation go away?"
[YEA] 03/12/2010: Tam from Omaha, Ne: "Bacterial Vaginosis/Trichomoniasis
Everyone, I just found out that bacterial vaginosis or leuchorrea are often misdiagnoses for a parasitic infection called trichomoniasis.
After being diagnosed with leuchorrea and being told to take a dose of 10 billion probiotics daily (this didn't work, but helped a little) I went to another doctor and was told that I had BV. I was then prescribed an intra-vaginal gel which worked for probably less than a week before symptoms returned. I have been investigating ever since (3 years). I have taken everything I can get my hands on.
Garlic helps. Folic acid helps only slightly (be careful here... Large amounts of folic acid taken daily can be dangerous if you do not take other B vitamins with it!)
I have FINALLY found something that seems to be working. Because I cannot use the product name, I'm going to give you a list of what is in it. If you pull this up on an internet search you should find the product. This is a cleanse, and I found relief from symptoms almost entirely after 6 days. I am on this formula now and will continue until my bottles are gone. I wish you all the best. I know this is horrible. YOU CAN FIND THIS PRODUCT AT MOST HEALTH FOOD STORES and if they do not have it ask them to order it for you. I work in one so I know.
Ingredients in Cleanse:
CANDIDA CLEANSE WITH BLACK WALNUT AND COPTIS
WHILE YOU ARE CLEANSING TRY TO AVOID SUGAR AND CARBS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. EAT AS MANY VEGGIES AND YOU CAN GET YOUR HANDS ON. LIMIT MEAT CONSUMPTION AND DO NOT EAT A LOT OF FRUIT. EAT YOGURT EVERY DAY.
the good thing about this cleanse, is that coptis (and many other ingredients in it) has been proven to help cure bv, leuchorrea, trichomoniasis and yeast. So no matter what your condition is, you will probably benefit here and it may just cure you.
Good luck everyone.
ps: wash your underwear, towels and washcloths (anything that touches the area) with bleach/detergent. Trichomoniasis can live outside of the body and will likely spread to others using your towels etc. Also, please have your partner take this cleanse as well, as they are likely infected if your fluids have been mixing during intercourse. No one wants to talk about this condition, but it is essential to your relationship that you let your partner know what is going on. Be honest and open. Drink lots of water.
Tea Tree and Coconut Oils
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 04/30/2010: Traveler from Santa Barbara, Ca, Usa: "trichonomoniasis
In mid-march (five weeks ago) I started having an off-feeling in my vagina, along with burning while urinating, and a smell. Assuming that this was BV, but also having some D-Mannose on hand for UTIs, I took the D-Mannose, and used probiotics, garlic, and hydrogen peroxide treatments. However, while it improved, it stuck around and got worse everytime I had sex with my boyfriend. Thinking it was an offsetting of my pH, I continued to work with the hydrogen peroxide, and occasionally stuck some virgin organic coconut oil up into the vaginal tract when it was really irritating.
Finally, last night I considered that I've continued to have symptoms of off-ness for over a month even though the smell is gone. I figured that since the symptoms don't match a yeast infection, and seems to line more up with bv but isn't responding-- then it must be trichomoniasis. I read on here to try tea tree oil with a carrier oil or water and shoot it into the vaginal tract.
Well this morning I had sex again, and by this evening I was feeling more off again with a slight itch/ache/burning about an inch up my vaginal tract and a feeling like my vaginal and urethra muscles were locked into a pushing position to push something out. That's another of my symptoms, that even when I'm focusing on other things, my vagina is stressed out and while it's not physically debilitating, it is very draining to feel something off and not be able to get rid of it.
So this evening I went and picked up an ounce of pharmaceutical grade tea tree oil for $10 at CVS, and got a 10cc needle-less syringe. I pulled up 3 cc's of tea tree oil, and heated up some coconut oil on the stove-top and filled the remainder of the syringe, about 7 cc's worth. I mixed it up in the syringe so that the tea tree oil would not irritate my vaginal tract, sat back on the couch with a towel and pillow propped up under my hips, and emptied the syringe into my vaginal tract. I stayed this way for ten minutes before I had to get up and go get my dinner, so I evacuated my vaginal tract by pushing down and emptying the oil into the toilet. I immediately felt a very cooling sensation from the tea tree oil, and minutes later I also felt as if the inside of my vagina was more moisturized--which is a strange thing to describe. It didn't feel as if it was lubricated, it felt as if the coconut oil was actually being soaked into my sensitive parts down there.
A few hours later on, my vagina feels pretty normal, and that's been an unusual feeling to have for any period of time--though I have felt it a few times in the past few months. I'm hoping to treat my boyfriend, and also hope to use the tea tree oil/coconut oil mixture one more time in a few days.
I just have to hold off and not do it several days in a row as much as I'm tempted to, unless I feel irritated down there, rather than trying to pre-treat it.
I hope this works long-term, and if it does, thank you original poster of the tea-tree oil idea."
10/13/2010: Sephora from Perth, Australia replies: "Hi, wanted to know if you completly got ride of your problem by now? I will be grateful for any reply."
02/04/2013: Jay from Houston, Texas replies: "Try eating papaya seeds they are good against parasites."
Tea Tree Oil
04/19/2013: T. from Charlotte, North Carolina: "Yellow vaginal discharge. Thought b.v. so tried boric acid inserts. Didn't help. Tried coconut oil with eucalyptus oil. Helped with itching but not discharge. So maybe it's trich?
Just started using the tea tree oil with coconut oil as a carrier. I scraped the cold oil into flakes into a small glass bowl, added a several drops of tea tree oil. Let it sit for a while. Used two cotton balls to scoop up the concoction and inserted into my vagina for a few hours.
Will repeat later tonight and again two or three times a day for a few days. Will report results as I go."Replies
05/07/2013: T from Charlotte, Nc replies: "Went to county health dept and yes, it is trich (and b.v.). Had to stop self-treating before visit so as not to get wrong diagnosis. Was also tested for Chlamydia, syphillis, gonorrhea too.
Angry that the nurse practitioner FORCED me to take the 1 gram dose (she stood there and watched me then made sure I drank a full cup of water to wash the two tabs down) of the antibiotic for chlamydia BEFORE the test results are back (not until next week! ) while telling me I should start the Flagyl for the B.V. and trich the same night.
Is this how we become resistant to antibiotics, by taking them without merit? I understand it is her job to make sure the "public" is safe by "treating" me for a definite STD in case I didn't return to the clinic upon a positive result.
BUT why not treat me in clinic for what was already known? (Trich and b.v.?)
If I test positive for gonorrhea and don't return, then what?
So any way, I've been taking the oil of oregano to help build my immune system and I read here on EC that it helps with B.V. as well.
I am NOT taking the additional poison (Flagyl) and will go back to inserting the tea tree oil which I am adding lavendar to (after reading about using it with tea tree oil for trich, on a "wise woman" healing site) and carrying both with organic unrefined coconut oil.
If this doesn't work, I will be trying an usnea tincture which is a tree lichen and shown to work against trich in european research (http://medherb.com/Therapeutics/Immune_-_Lymphatics_and_antibiotics.htm).
Will report more as I go along."
05/11/2013: Lady from Manila, Philippines replies: "Hi there, how are you doing now? I would like to know if the remedies are effective. Hope to hear from you soon."
06/06/2013: T from Charlotte replies: "Well, it seems inserting the tea tree oil (mixed with a little coconut oil) is not doing much. (But maybe I'm not using enough or often enough.). I am also taking oregano oil but switched to goldenseal tincture (both orally) for a few weeks to strengthen my immune system.
Goldenseal can only be taken for a short period. I did 30 drops, three times a day, for one week.
So far, better but not gone. I'm thinking I'm gonna switch to tea tree and lavendar with sesame oil as the carrier, for insertion during the day.
I also read that changing the pH of the vagina (acidifying it with boric acid) can help.
A study was conducted by Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Toronto, Toronto ON. Results were published in the January 2008 edition of JOGC (Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada).
So boric acid appears to be another option. And one that will be easier for me as I already have the powder and capsules.
I'm going to start this at night. I also located more information about trich and how it can ABSOLUTELY be self-induced by wiping the wrong way.
Ladies, take note!
I hope this helps someone. I will report back on my own condition soon."
[YEA] 11/05/2009: Lulu from Nyc, Ny: "I was diagnosed with trichomoniasis back in december of 2008, and was extremely fraustrated when was diagnosed with it again earlier this year. my gyn prescribed flagyl the first time, which temperarily cured it, but when he prescribed it the second time i decided to look for a natural remedy because i was afraid that my body would have built an immunity to the flagyl. i reserched and found that tree tea oil was proven to remedy trich. i purchased a twin pack of feminine douche and i filled 1/4 of the bottle with the tree oil and the rest of the bottle with water. i did the douche once and then i waited 5 days and did it again. i waited a week and then i went to my gyn to see if it had worked. my test came back clear, and i asked my bf to use some and i have not had an issue since."Replies
01/26/2010: M from Ny, Ny replies: "Exactly how did you boyfriend use the tea tree oil solution? Thanks!"
02/15/2010: Lulu from Nyc, Ny replies: "my bf would rub approx. a tablespoon of the tea tree oil on his penis in the morning and again at night before he went to sleep. He did metnion that it did hurt but it stung a little, but only for the first two days. He used it for 7 days."
[WARNING!] 03/12/2010: Kaite from Omaha, Ne replies: "OMG! Please do not EVER use tea tree oil topically without first diluting it! You can burn your skin. Please use one of these methods for dilution instead: Add 1 ounce pure tea tree oil to 2 ounces vegetable glycerin. Shake Well. Add 1 ounce water. Shake well again
Add 2 Tbs of tea tree oil to 2 Tbs of water SHAKE WELL & apply immediately."
07/26/2010: Dasc from Houston, Tx replies: "Tea tree oil doesn't need to be diluted. It is great for any skin ailment and full strength is best, if you want quick relief. Tea tree oil is the only thing that will cure athlete's foot problems. Put it on at night with socks on top, and in just a week or two one will notice improvement. It will take a few months treatment to completely kill the fungus."
07/04/2011: Carry from Dallas, Tx replies: "There are tea tree oil suppositories in health food stores now and I'm trying it.."
07/12/2011: Wyo Gal from Cody, Wy Usa replies: "Hi there I am greatly interested in a natural cure to Trich do to E.R. visits to the hospital from an alergic reactions to Metronitazole. Im deathly alergic to it after 4 tablets. I have to find a solution to this problem. I have tried silver solution mixed with pure aloe vera gel and a strong dose of tee tree oil mixed together and used a needless syrenge to half way and insert vaginaly. I wear a pad and let it absorb through the night. After 3 months I went back to my gyno and she said it was much smaller and fewer were seen under the microscope. So I have to continue with this exhausting remedy :( I also eat yogurt and silver solution 3x daily. Silver solution has a 4 hour kill time and does not kill the good bacteria. P. S. I also put the tee tree oil in my lubricant and I think it helps some for my partner too.
Hope this is also helpful info to you all"
07/12/2012: Pahlee from Phila, Pa. replies: "What is silver solution?"
EC: It sounds like the writer is talking about colloidal silver.
[SIDE EFFECTS] 09/01/2012: Courtney from Wheat Ridge, Co replies: "So, I recently tried the advice of someone on here to treat the trich with tea tree oil and dilluting it in a douche. Oh lord am I in pain. It is burning horribly... Is this normal?"
09/01/2012: Tina from Houston, Usa replies: "The best thing I would recommend is getting some plain yogurt or kefir and applying it there, and leaving it for sometime for the burning sensation to lessen.
Plus the probiotics of the yogurt or kefir and good for you to absorb.
Good luck, T"
[SIDE EFFECTS] 09/14/2012: Catherine from Tuscaloosa, Al replies: "Hi, I don't know if I am replying to the same thing or not. But I want to reply to the side effects or maybe someone can help me. The lady said she tried someone advice of using tea tree oil with a douce and she started to burn horribly. Well I tried using a syringe and I experienced the same thing. Well it wasn't burning that bad but it started to itch incredibly! Then my vagina has this hanging feeling like its pushing outward or something. I was doing this to treat Trich. I know I have trich bc I been diagnosed many times but the medicine they give me doesn't work. Hearing from so many people how tea tree oil works, I was desperate enough to try it. If this continues I don't think I'll try it again. I'm thinking maybe I pushed the syringe in too far or maybe I used too much and I did dialated it with water. Can someone help please??"
12/28/2012: Mrs Andrews from London, Uk replies: "i have been diagnosed with trich 5 months ago and I took one dose metrozadiole, which took the feeling of trich away immediately, however since then my vag has never felt normal after sex. Either my partner still has it or the antibiotics didnt treat the problem completely. Ive just applied a home made balm that I made from organic virgin coconut oil and a few drops of tea tree oil, be careful with how much you put of the tee tree though, as it can burn, put small amount first, see how it feels. I put half a teaspoon of coconut oil with 2 drops of tea tree oil, ive applied this on the labia which feels swollen and just a bit on the inside, but not all the way up, im feeling a lot better already actually. Im eating live yogurt as well, as garlic tablets, echinacea, and I want to try taking some apple cider vinegar as well. But this tea tree balm is helping a lot so far, fingers crossed I can get rid of this trich for good. Bless x"