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Mycoplasma Genitalium

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Dr Hilary Jones discusses mycoplasma genitalium and the treatments available at HealthExpress
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Mycoplasma genitalium is caused by a parasitic bacterium that can be contracted through sexual contact. It has similar characteristics to chlamydia and gonorrhoea, but is often difficult to diagnose as 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 left untreated, mycoplasma may also cause infertility, so it's crucial that you get treatment as early as possible.

Mycoplasma genitalium can easily be treated with antibiotics such as Azithromycin, which can be prescribed for you online by a registered UK doctor after you take our free and confidential consultation. The details you provide us will be used to ensure that the treatment is safe for you to use.

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What are the symptoms of mycoplasma genitalium?

In some cases, men and women infected with mycoplasma genitalium do not experience any symptoms. However, symptoms will usually become apparent after a week of being infected but sometimes you may not notice any symptoms for months. Common symptoms associated with men include a burning feeling or pain during urination, urethral discharge and pain and swelling in the joints (arthritis). Women may also experience a burning feeling or pain during urination, as well as pain during sex or vaginal itching.

The main problem with diagnosing mycoplasma is that the symptoms are associated with other sexually transmitted diseases as well. So, it's alway best to get tested so that you can know for sure.

What causes mycoplasma genitalium?

Mycoplasma genitalium is a sexually transmitted infection that is caused by small mycoplasmal organisms and then transferred through sexual intercourse. These organisms 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 vaginal, anal or oral sex. If you are sexually active, you can catch mycoplasma genitalium through unprotected sex or if you have frequent sex with different partners.

Can I get tested for mycoplasma genitalium?

Yes, 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.

What are the risks of mycoplasma genitalium?

Although mycoplasma genitalium can easily be treated, it can stay unrecognised for months because it is asymptomatic – 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.

Finding treatment

When diagnosed, mycoplasma genitalium can easily be treated with a simple course of antibiotics. Azithromycin has been proven to be the most effective treatment method for this infection and is taken as a single one day treatment of Azithromycin 500mg x 2 dose. This medication should effectively treat the infection within seven days.

Obtaining treatment from us could not be easier and will take minutes.

Step 1 - Simply complete our online consultation which will be reviewed by one of our registered UK doctors. View the medical questions here

Step 2 - They will be able to recommend a range of beneficial treatments. You will receive a diagnosis in a secure email.

Step 3 - If deemed suitable, you will have the access to login, directly to your personalised member's area, from where you will be able to place your order and receive it the next working day.

Taking an online consultation

If you have tested positive for mycoplasma genitalium, click on the link below to begin an 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 fast overnight delivery.

Dr Hilary Jones, HealthExpress Medical Advisor

What should I do if I experience Mycoplasma genitalium?

Mycoplasma genitalium is the name of a sexually transmitted genital infection that can eventually lead to reproductive complications if not treated.

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