Ureaplasma urealyticum is an bacterium that affects about 70% of sexually active men and women. Although it is not considered as an STI, ureaplasma can be transmitted through sexual contact. Ureaplasma often carries no symptoms.
As ureaplasma is a bacterial infection it is completely treatable. To order ureaplasma treatment, start a free consultation below.
Ureaplasma urealyticum is a very common infection that is mainly spread via sexual contact, however, it isn't classified as an STI but a bacterial infection.
Ureaplasma urealyticum is a genital mycoplasma that colonises the genital tract and produces infection. The infection itself is highly contagious and can be linked to the contraction of other STIs making it important to get a full check up.
The symptoms for this condition aren't necessarily noticeable, which therefore means that many individuals with ureaplasma don't realise they are infected. This make it important to get tested for bacterial infections spread by sexual contact to avoid spreading it further. It is essential to treat ureaplasma, regarding of whether you have any symptoms, for the following reasons:
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Ureaplasma is often characterised as urethritis in men and genital tract infections in women. Ureaplasma is also often asymptomatic in many cases and the majority of infected people may not even realise they have the condition. If symptoms do appear, these can be very similar symptoms to urethritis, other STIs and infections.
Venereological patients (those involved in the study of STIs) are often diagnosed with ureaplasma.
Ureaplasma is often diagnosed in men with epididymitis (a condition in which the area behind the testicle where sperm is stored is inflamed).
Ureaplasma is often diagnosed alongside chorioamnionitis (an infection of the vagina due to a bacterial infection, often occurring during pregnancy), especially when there is a rapid expansion of the infection.
Another symptom of ureaplasma include urethrorrhoea (the flow of blood from the urethra). Some women may experience chronic cystitis or other similar urinary tract infections (UTIs).
Ureaplasma and mycoplasma are often connected to each other. The reason is that they are caused by different bacterium from the same mycoplasma family.
Mycoplasma is responsible for hundreds of types of bacteria, however, some can causes infections; two of which are ureaplasma urealyticum and mycoplasma genitalium. Other infections include mycoplasma pneumonia, mycoplasma hominis and ureaplasma parvum.
Both infections require the same antibiotics to treat and cure the infection. It is also common for both bacterial infections to present no symptoms whatsoever. It comes as no surprise that they are often intertwined.
The principal cause of ureaplasma is the result of the spread of an infectious agent by an infected person to their partner through sexual contact (vaginal sex and oral sex). Other causes can include:
It's important to remember that other bacterial STIs such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea can also result in ureaplasma and other infections. As infections in the reproductive area causes scarring and damage, especially when untreated, this makes it easier for you to contract a host of other sexual infections. Getting a full STI check-up when needed is essential in stopping the spread of infections and avoiding long-term complications.
Ureaplasma is extremely contagious, and is most often spread through sexual contact and unprotected sex with multiple partners. In more extreme cases, you can become infected if you touch an infected person's nose or eye secretions, or if an infected person coughs in your face.
If you are displaying any of the symptoms listed above, then you should book an appointment with your GP or a sexual health clinic, where they will be able to test you for ureaplasma and other STIs. An early diagnosis means that you can get treatment straightaway, which will reduce your chances of complications like pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), or infection in the testicles.
Testing is different for men and women:
To find your nearest STI Clinic, you can check the NHS website. There is usually a wait so be sure to take a book or other entertainment. The whole process is confidential and the clinic will contact you via email, phone or text depending on your preference.
Although ureaplasma can easily be treated, it can stay unrecognised for months because it rarely shows any symptoms. It's been found that, if left untreated, ureaplasma can be associated with infertility, premature or still birth, non-specific urethritis, chorioamnionitis, meningitis and pneumonia. If ureaplasma has been left untreated for several months, it can spread to other parts of your body and damage your joints, nerves and muscles. As mentioned, ureaplasma can be effectively treated, ensuring that these health problems can be successfully avoided.
Ureaplasma is a completely avoidable condition and can be prevented by adhering to the following methods:
At this current moment in time, the only method available to effectively treat ureaplasma is prescription medication. A simple course of antibiotics can be used to successfully treat this condition.
There are two types of antibiotics usually prescribed that completely cure ureaplasma. This is Doxycycline that is usually taken as a weeklong course and Azithromycin taken as a single dose treatment, although it may take up to seven days for the infection to be entirely treated.
If you are unsure which treatment to go for, that's absolutely fine; begin a consultation and our partner doctor will recommend the best antibiotics for you. This whole process takes around ten minutes and you can receive your order the same day or next day.
Even if your symptoms disappear before you finish your course of antibiotics, you should always ensure you take the full course, to prevent the infection from returning.
If you test positive for ureaplasma, you can buy antibiotics online. As they are prescription medications, it's required to complete a consultation reviewed by a medical professional. You can do this here with our quick, free and simple online consultation.