What increases my risk for trichomonal vulvovaginitis?

Dr. Angela Lowery, DNP
Family Practitioner

You are at increased risk of getting trichomonal vulvovaginitis by having unprotected sex, improper use of condoms, having multiple sex partners and not being in long-term mutually monogamous relationships.

As with any sexually transmitted disease (STD), your risk for contracting trichomonal vulvovaginitis increases by having multiple sexual partners and practicing unprotected sex. Most contraceptive methods do not protect against sexually transmitted diseases, including birth control pills, spermicide, injections or vaginal rings. Female condoms offer some protection, but generally less than male condoms. Male condoms offer the best protection against spreading or contracting STDs, though even they do not guarantee full protection. Furthermore, your risk for trichomonal vulvovaginitis increases if you use condoms incorrectly. Even if men do not exhibit symptoms of trichomonal vulvovaginitis, they can still pass it on to women during sex.

Symptoms generally begin anywhere from five to 28 days after your first exposure to the parasite. Treatment of individual cases can be very effective and symptoms usually disappear within a week. However, you can contract trichomonal vulvovaginitis again through sexual exposure to the parasitic organism that causes it.

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