How is trichomoniasis (trich) diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider may perform the following tests to diagnose trich:

  • Physical exam: For women, this exam includes a pelvic exam.
  • Lab test: Your healthcare provider examines a sample of the genital discharge under a microscope to check for signs of infection. The vaginal swab collected may be sent to the lab for further testing if trichomonads are not seen under the microscope.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 06/05/2020.


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