Mycoplasma genitalium is caused by a parasitic bacterium that can be contracted through unprotected sexual contact. It has similar characteristics to chlamydia and gonorrhoea and it usually occurs in conjunction with other STIs.
Mycoplasma is one of the main causes of urethritis in men, and is commonly associated with bacterial vaginosis in women. If you have been diagnosed with this STI, it can be treated with antibiotics. Alternatively, if you would like more information, you can read more below.
Mycoplasma genitalium is a strain of the mycoplasma bacteria that affects the cells of the urinary/genital area. It is classified as a sexually transmitted infection (STI) and was first identified in 1981. This condition can be difficult to diagnose, and is often confused with gonorrhoea or chlamydia due to various similarities between the conditions.
There are no obvious symptoms associated with mycoplasma genitalium, therefore, if your results come back as positive when testing for mycoplasma genitalium, but you can't detect any symptoms, it is still recommended that you seek treatment for this curable condition.
If you are displaying symptoms and are unsure, you can complete a consultation online and is what our doctor recommends. This is free of charge and takes approximately 5 minutes.
Mycoplasma genitalium is a sexually transmitted infection that is caused by small mycoplasmal organisms, and then transferred through unprotected sexual intercourse. Without the use of appropriate protection, these organisms can cause infection as extracellular parasites, by attaching themselves to the surface of the genital tract and attacking the tissue of the host.
Mycoplasma genitalium can be passed on from one sexual partner to another during:
In some cases, men and women infected with mycoplasma genitalium do not experience any symptoms, due to the asymptomatic nature of the condition. However, sometimes symptoms will usually become apparent after a week of being infected, but sometimes you may not notice any signs of mycoplasma genitalium for months.
The main problem with diagnosing mycoplasma is that the symptoms associated with the condition are associated with other sexually transmitted diseases as well (e.g. non-specific urethritis). So, it's always best to get tested as soon as possible, so that you can know for sure before selecting an appropriate treatment.
A number of benefits can be experienced when you successfully treat mycoplasma genitalium.
such as cervicitis, urethritis, and ectopic pregnancylong-term
reduced pain and burning sensations in the genital region
these can be prevented if the condition is treated in time
although it is still advised to use a barrier contraceptive condition is treated in time
Your local sexual health clinic or GP will be able to test you for this STI. However, because the symptoms are similar to other STI's, it's best to get a full STI screen so that your specialist can find out what the problem is and recommend a solution.
A mycoplasma test for men will involve a urine sample and for women, a swab will be taken from the vagina. Both these tests are designed to look for the DNA of the mycoplasma bacterium. The sooner that you get diagnosed; the sooner you can be treated.
Although mycoplasma genitalium can easily be treated, it can stay unrecognised for months because it is asymptomatic, meaning that it rarely shows any symptoms. If left untreated, mycoplasma genitalium can lead to cervicitis, urethritis, ectopic pregnancy or pelvic inflammatory disease in women; and epididymitis and prostatitis in men. It can also lead to infertility and long-lasting pelvic pain in both sexes. Fortunately, all of these potential risks can be avoided when using effective antibiotic treatment.
Mycoplasma genitalium is a completely preventable condition. It can be successfully prevented by following the preventable methods below:
The most effective way to treat mycoplasma genitalium is by taking antibiotic medication. Doxycycline is recommended as first line treatment. It's available as 100 mg tablets, which are taken twice daily for 7 days. It can be followed by using Azithromycin as second line treatment. This medication is taken first as a single dose of 1 mg and then one dose of 500 mg daily for 2 days.
If you have tested positive for mycoplasma genitalium, begin a quick, free, and simple online consultation now to determine which prescription treatment is right for you. After you have completed your consultation, our doctor will be able to assess your condition and make the right decision as to which treatments are best for your condition. Once you've made your choice, our doctor will write out a prescription and forward it to our pharmacy. Your medication will then be dispatched for free next day courier delivery.