The diagnosis is made by directly observing the trichomonads on a sample of
vaginal or urethral discharge through a microscope (they are too small to be seen by the naked eye).
- Trichomonads are pear-shaped and have several flagella (whiplike tails) at one end.
- This lab test is usually ordered only if the doctor suspects trichomoniasis as a possible diagnosis.
- In some cases, the doctor may have to send the sample to the laboratory, and the result may not come back
- The doctor will collect the specimen during a pelvic examination in women.
- The doctor inserts a speculum into the vagina and then uses a cotton-tipped applicator to collect a sample.
- The sample is then placed onto a microscope slide for observation.
- Trichomonads are seen rarely during
- A diagnosis of trichomoniasis usually prompts a search for other
sexually transmitted diseases, such as
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/26/2013
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