The bacteria Trichomonas vaginalis causes a sexually transmitted disease called trichomoniasis. It has a gestational period of 30 days, and an antibiotic can easily treat it. If left untreated, it can cause long-term reproduction problems for female carriers. Both men and women can be carriers of the bacteria. However, men generally have no symptoms. In many cases, they may not know that they are infected. Women may experience a wide array of unpleasant symptoms.
Women with trichomoniasis often experience the slow but constant discharge of a white, yellow, gray or green vaginal fluid. It is generally dense and sticky and gives off a foul odor. During pregnancy, this discharge may look like the normal increase in discharge that is present. If you notice a strong-smelling discharge, it's important to talk to your doctor right away about possible causes.
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