What Type Of STI Is Mycoplasma Genitalium?
Mycoplasma genitalium is classed as a bacterial STI and is caused by infection of the same name, passed on during unprotected sex. Bacterial STIs, such as gonorrhoea, chlamydia and syphilis are caused by bacteria and can be cured by taking a course of antibiotics.
What Are The Symptoms Of Mycoplasma Genitalium?
As mycoplasma genitalium is asymptomatic, it's likely that men and women experiencing this condition will not notice any visible symptoms. This is why regular testing for STIs (STDs) is essential to avoid long-term complications caused by mycoplasma genitalium. If symptoms do occur, they will normally develop within one to three weeks.
If any of the symptoms listed below are relatable to you, it is vital that you seek effective treatment for this condition:
Symptoms for men
- Stinging/burning sensation when urinating
- Pain and swelling in your joints (also referred to as arthritis)
- Unusual urethral discharge from the penis
- Inflammation of the urethra
Symptoms for women
- Unusual vaginal discharge
- Pain/burning sensation when urinating
- Pain during sex
- Bleeding after sexual intercourse and between periods
- Itchiness in the vagina
- An inflamed cervix
How Do You Get Mycoplasma Genitalium?
Mycoplasma genitalium is caused by a bacterial infection that goes by the same name and infects an individual's genitalia and urinary tract. The mycoplasma genitalium bacterium is contracted via unprotected sex. This includes:
- Vaginal sex
- Anal sex
- Oral sex
Sharing sex toys that haven't been thoroughly cleaned can also spread the bacterial infection. Once the infection has been contracted, the small mycoplasmal organisms that cause this condition become attached to the surface of the genital tract and then attack the tissue of the infected individual.
It's very important to attend regular STI testing if you are sexually active, especially if it's with multiple sexual partners. You can get tested for mycoplasma genitalium, as well as other STIs at a GUM or sexual health clinic.
For men, the testing consists of a urine sample or a urethral swab (a sample of secretions). For women, the testing consists of a cervical swab of secretions.
STI testing is vital whether you can recognise any of the symptoms associated with mycoplasma genitalium, such as unusual discharge and pain during urination, or not. This ensures that the infection won't spread further to others after unprotected sex.
STI testing is also necessary after you have completed your course of antibiotic treatment. This will ensure that the bacteria is completely cleared and you are cured from this condition.
How Do I Treat Mycoplasma Genitalium?
Currently, the most effective treatment available for mycoplasma genitalium is Azithromycin. This is normally taken over the course of five days in the form of 500mg tablets. However, when taken to specifically treat mycoplasma genitalium, you will only need to take two 500mg tablets. It should take seven in total for your infection to be cured. This medication is the most prescribed treatment by doctors for mycoplasma genitalium due to its effectiveness, which is supported by multiple clinical studies.
Another treatment available for mycoplasma genitalium is Doxycycline capsules. This antibiotic treatment needs to be taken twice a day over the course of seven days in the form of a 100mg capsule. As effective and fast-acting as this treatment is, Azithromycin is still considered to be the most effective medication for mycoplasma genitalium.
It should be noted that your recent sexual partners would also need to be treated after you have been diagnosed with mycoplasma genitalium. You will need to inform them of your diagnoses so that they can be tested and furthermore treated if they too are infected with this bacterial infection.
Why Should I Treat Mycoplasma Genitalium?
Treating mycoplasma genitalium as soon as possible is vital because it ensures that you are sexually clean. This prevents this infection from spreading to other individuals as a result of unprotected sexual intercourse (vaginal, oral and anal). By curing yourself of this infection you can relieve the stress associated with carrying this infection whilst remaining sexually active.
Also, forms of contraception, such as a condom, do not necessarily protect others from contracting mycoplasma genitalium, as certain areas of the skin surrounding the genital area aren't completely covered by a condom during sexual intercourse.
If left untreated, mycoplasma genitalium can lead to other conditions such as urethritis, ectopic pregnancy, cervicitis, pelvic inflammatory disease (for women) and prostatitis (for men). Infertility can also be a risk if mycoplasma genitalium is left untreated, as well as long-term pelvic pain. By taking a course of antibiotics these risks can be avoided.
Where Do I Get The Treatment From?
After you have received an official diagnosis for mycoplasma genitalium from a registered doctor at a GUM or sexual health clinic you can buy effective and clinically proven medication to successfully cure this bacterial infection here at NEW HEALTH SITE. We offer two medications in total, these being Azithromycin 500mg tablets and Doxycycline 100mg capsules. You can place an order for your selected mycoplasma genitalium treatment after you have completed our quick and completely confidential online consultation. Your completed online consultation form is then reviewed by a member of our team of UK registered doctors. Once they have analysed the details of your consultation they will approve your order and you will be issued a prescription so that you can successfully buy your chosen prescription medication.
These mycoplasma genitalium treatments can also be obtained from any of your local pharmacies. This is possible after you have attended a face-to-face appointment with your doctor to obtain a prescription instead of discreetly online. You will then needs to travel to your local pharmacy to collect your medication. Ordering your medication from a registered online pharmacy means you can avoid attending a doctor's appointment. Therefore, placing your order online is far more convenient.
How to prevent mycoplasma genitalium in the future
Mycoplasma genitalium is completely preventable if you follow the prevention methods listed below:
- Using male or female condoms during sexual intercourse – barrier contraceptives are the most highly recommended prevention method for avoiding mycoplasma genitalium, according to medical professionals.
- Decreasing the number of sexual partners you have – this prevents the bacterial infection from spreading to other individuals.
- Not sharing sex toys with your sexual partners – if you do intend to share sex toys you must ensure that they are cleaned thoroughly and lined with a fresh condom.
- Getting tested regularly for STIs – this is especially the case if you are sexually active with multiple sexual partners. This is also necessary after you have completed your treatment course to ensure that you are indeed cured of mycoplasma genitalium.
- Avoiding sexual intercourse completely during your course of antibiotic treatment – this is also required if your sexual partner is infected with this bacterial infection