Trichomoniasis is a common sexually transmitted disease affecting about 2 million people in the United States. Many of them are usually unaware of the existing infection because of the absence of symptoms in most cases. If left untreated, trichomoniasis increases the risk of other infections and infertility.
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Therefore patients with trichomoniasis must go with the recommended treatments (antibiotics). However, some home remedies are also thought to be effective against trichomoniasis. Here we will discuss home remedies for female trichomoniasis in detail, so keep reading.
What Do You Mean By Trichomoniasis?
Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted disease caused by a parasite, a protozoan known as Trichomoniasis vaginalis. Women are at more risk of developing this infection as compared to men. Also, males suffering from trichomoniasis do not appear with any symptoms.
If females suffer from this infection during pregnancy, there is a risk of delivery with premature birth. Antibiotics are recommended for patients with trichomoniasis. To ensure the effectiveness of the treatment, it is best to treat both partners at a time. Using preventive measures during intercourse also reduces the risk of complications during trichomoniasis recovery.
What are the symptoms of Female Trichomoniasis?
Studies have found that only 30% of patients with trichomoniasis develop symptoms. The rest of them remain asymptomatic. Females with trichomoniasis can experience below mentioned symptoms.
- Foul-smelling vaginal discharge
- Thin clear, white, grey, or yellow vaginal discharge
- Painful intercourse
- Vaginal burning
- Genital itching
- Lower abdominal pain
What Are The Causes Of Female Trichomoniasis?
Trichomonas vaginalis is a microscopic parasite with one cell that causes trichomoniasis. During genital contact, including vaginal, oral, or anal intercourse, the parasite spreads between humans. The parasite infects the lower genital tract. This includes the vulva, the vagina, the cervix, the urethra, and the outer portion of the female genitalia.
Home Remedies For Female Trichomoniasis
All the home remedies for female trichomoniasis are discussed below in detail.
Try Black Tea
Researchers have found that black tea can be an effective at-home remedy for treating female trichomoniasis. A study on black tea’s ability to show its effectiveness on Trichomonas vaginalis elaborates that black tea extract can inhibit three trichomonad types. It can also inhibit the growth of antibiotic-resistant strains of trichomoniasis. Further, the normal vaginal microbial flora is not affected by black tea.
All of these remedies make black tea an effective home remedy for female trichomoniasis. But all the facts we studied above about black tea are not proven in humans. These facts are based on just laboratory research and studies. More evidence is needed to show the efficacy of black tea on female trichomoniasis. If you want to try this at-home remedy, you can make a cup of tea from black tea extracts and enjoy it twice daily (avoid it if caffeine sensitive). Notice if you experience any improvement in your symptoms.
Garlic has been a popular remedy for treating different health ailments for centuries. Studies have found that different garlic concentrations can inhibit the growth of the parasites causing trichomoniasis among females. Garlic mainly works by restricting the movement of the parasites and then killing them, thus reducing the symptoms of trichomoniasis.
Again the beneficial effects of garlic we studied are concluded based on laboratory studies. They are not proven to be effective among humans. There is a need for more studies to elaborate on the anti-parasitic abilities of garlic. If you want garlic as a home remedy for trichomoniasis, you can prepare a mixture using garlic and drink it on a daily basis. Take three or four fresh garlic cloves. Crush them after washing and peeling them properly. Add this crushed garlic to a boiled glass of water and steep for at least 10 minutes. Stain the mixture. You can add natural sweeteners such as honey to enhance the taste. Drink this solution for at least a week. Notice if you find any improvements in your symptoms.
Ginger is also used as a popular herbal remedy to treat health ailments because of the presence of potent anti-oxidants in it. Some studies have found that certain dosages of ginger can be effective against trichomoniasis. But these studies are limited; there is a need for more research to be conducted to prove the effectiveness against trichomoniasis. Still, if you want to try this remedy, you can prepare a solution by boiling the garlic with water. Strain the mixture and add some natural sweeteners such as honey. Drink this solution daily and note if you experience any improvements in your symptoms.
Try Pomegranate juice or extract
Pomegranate juice has also been found to be effective against some infectious diseases because of its ability to kill certain microorganisms. Some limited studies have shown that it can also inhibit the growth of the parasites causing trichomoniasis in females. But the effectiveness of pomegranate juice or extract depends on the pH of the environment where it has to cure the infection. It limits pomegranate efficacy to cure trichomoniasis.
It means there is a need for more studies and research to find out the effectiveness of pomegranate as a home remedy for female trichomoniasis. Still, if you want to try this remedy, drink a glass of pomegranate juice twice daily. Notice if you experience any improvements in your symptoms.
Try Increasing Resveratrol Intake
Polyphenol resveratrol is found in significant amounts in grapes and berries, among other natural foods. It offers many health benefits, including antimicrobial activities. Studies conducted on the ability of resveratrol against trichomoniasis show that some concentrations of resveratrol can eliminate the parasite causing the infection in females.
Again, this remedy is not officially considered effective against trichomoniasis. If you want to with this remedy, you can increase the consumption of grapes and berries. But it will be best to consult the doctor before increasing the resveratrol to reduce the risk of side effects.
Tomatoes offer remarkable health benefits. Studies have found that tomatoes can be an effective at-home remedy for treating sexually transmitted diseases, including trichomoniasis. It is because of the unique chemical compounds present in tomatoes that make them effective against microbes. But, these benefits against trichomoniasis are not scientifically proven. There is a need for more studies to be conducted to find out the tomato’s efficacy against STDs.
Basil leaves can also be an effective at-home remedy because of its antimicrobial abilities. It has been found that it can slow the spread of the microbial growth responsible for causing trichomoniasis infection. But there is a need for more research to evaluate the exact effectiveness of basil against trichomoniasis in females. Also, research has shown that basil extract or oils cannot eliminate infectious microbes of trichomoniasis if you are trying to use it as an alternative to conventional treatment.
Try Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is always considered the best at-home remedy for treating infections. It is because of the acidic nature which helps kill the infectious microorganism by inhibiting their growth (particularly by destroying the cellular components). Due to this reason, people think it is effective for trichomoniasis as well. But no scientific evidence is available to show the direct link between apple cider vinegar and the treatment of trichomoniasis.
Also, apple cider vinegar is acidic; it can harm genital-sensitive skin. This remedy can result in burning, redness, itching, and some other side effects for sensitive skin. Still, if you want to go with this remedy, you can prepare the solution by adding two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in half a cup of water. Then, use this solution for washing the vagina. If you feel improvements in your symptoms without any burning sensation, you can try further with this remedy.
A gum resin, myrrh is derived from several thorny, small tree species in the genus Commiphora. Myrrh has been used for treating various health ailments from ancient times. Several studies have been conducted to find out the ability of myrrh to eliminate the microbes causing trichomoniasis in females. One research has shown that myrrh is effective against an antibiotic-resistant strain of trichomoniasis. If you want to try this remedy, you can take the myrrh pills for a week. Notice if you experience any improvements in your symptoms.
Try Citrus Fruits
Citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C and aid in developing a strong immune system that works to combat the microbes that cause trichomoniasis. Citrus juice creates collagen, which keeps the cervical walls in good shape and keeps the area around the cervix healthy and free of infection. Females with trichomoniasis should increase their intake of citrus fruits along with conventional treatment.
Try Black Cumin
Black cumin offers antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Due to its anti-parasitic abilities, black cumin is found effective against trichomoniasis. Some studies have shown that certain black cumin doses can effectively treat trichomoniasis. You can also try this at-home remedy for alleviating trichomoniasis but don’t wait too long for the improvements with this remedy. If you think it is not working, try some other treatment options.
Try Zinc sulfate douche
Zin sulfate is always considered effective against infectious diseases because of its antimicrobial properties. Regarding trichomoniasis in females, studies have found that zinc sulfate is particularly effective against the antibiotic-resistant strain of trichomoniasis. Also, a study conducted on a group of women with trichomoniasis shows the considerable efficacy of zinc sulfate douche on trichomoniasis. But this study is limited because women included in that group were taking other treatments as well, along with zinc sulfate douche to treat the infection.
Also, using douches for treating vaginal infections is not considered a healthy option by healthcare professionals. It is because of the many side effects associated with douche use on the vagina.
Try Fenugreek Seeds
Fenugreek seeds can help females with trichomoniasis by boosting immune functioning. Studies have found that fenugreek consumption boosts the immune system’s functioning. It increases the body’s ability to fight foreign attacks, thus helping eliminate infectious agents. You can intake fenugreek seeds components by making the tea or drinking the water after soaking the fenugreek seeds in it overnight.
Try Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has remarkable healing properties and aids in combating infection. Additionally, coconut oil has an anti-inflammatory effect, thus relieving the burning and itching sensation in the vaginal area. Coconut oil possesses antibacterial and anti-parasitic characteristics that work together to combat the infectious substance causing trichomoniasis successfully. But this remedy is also not scientifically proven for trichomoniasis.
Try Boric Acid
Boric acid is a potent antimicrobial agent. It works effectively against viral and fungal infections. Studies have found that it can also be effective against trichomoniasis. Boric acid works by slowing the growth of the parasites causing infection in females. If you want to try this at-home remedy, you can apply topical boric acid formulations on the vagina and wait for the alleviation of your symptoms.
Now, you must be all aware of home remedies for trichomoniasis.
All the home remedies we discussed above can help females with trichomoniasis alleviate the symptoms. However, antibiotics are the most effective treatment for trichomoniasis. At-home remedies are not to be proven to recover trichomoniasis efficiently. Therefore, if you do not experience any symptoms with home remedies, must go with antibiotic therapy. Untreated trichomoniasis can result in infertility in some patients.
Can amoxicillin treat trichomoniasis?
No, amoxicillin cannot treat trichomoniasis. The effective antibiotics recommended for the treatment of trichomoniasis include metronidazole and tinidazole.
How long can trichomoniasis be dormant in women?
Trichomoniasis can exist without symptoms for months or even for years in females and males. In most cases, patients do not experience any symptoms due to trichomoniasis. Studies have found only 30% of patients with trichomoniasis show symptoms.
Can trichomoniasis cause infertility?
Yes, trichomoniasis can cause infertility in both males and females if left untreated. This infection causes infertility by damaging the reproductive organs and increasing the risk of other infections. However, not all patients with trichomoniasis are at risk of infertility. The infertility risk due to trichomoniasis varies depending on different factors.
The information contained in this post is for educational purposes only. Always consult your primary care doctor before using the remedies that are provided. The information is provided by The Hidden Cures and while we do timely, in-depth research on the information that we provide to you, everything stated may not be up to date or accurate from the time it was written.