Mycoplasma genitalium is a sexually transmitted infection thatís caused by a small parasitic bacterium. Elements of mycoplasma genitalium are similar to chlamydia and gonorrhoea and this, combined with the fact that it usually occurs in conjunction with other STIs, makes it a difficult STI to diagnose.
If left untreated, mycoplasma genitalium may cause infertility, cervicitis and urethritis. Itís known to be the main cause of non-gonococcal urethritis (an infection of the urethra) in men, and is commonly associated with bacterial vaginosis in women.
Itís easy to treat this infection with antibiotics; Azithromycin is one treatment that can be prescribed by a registered doctor.
What are the symptoms of mycoplasma genitalium?
Usually people with this infection donít experience any symptoms. In women, this infection is usually associated with bacterial vaginosis, cervicitis, endometritis and pelvic inflammatory disease. Women may also experience a burning or painful feeling when urinating, as well as pain during sex and vaginal itching.
Men who experience an inflammation of the urethra and donít have chlamydia or gonorrhoea are usually diagnosed with mycoplasma genitalium. The symptoms include a burning or painful feeling when urinating, urethral discharge and pain and swelling in the joints.
What causes mycoplasma genitalium?
Small mycoplasmal organisms are responsible for this infection. They are spread through sexual intercourse and cause an infection by attaching themselves to the surface of the genital tract and attacking the tissue of the host.
These parasites can be passed from one person to another through unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex, or by sharing sex toys. Using a condom is the best way to try and prevent contracting this, or any other, sexually transmitted infection.
What are the risks of mycoplasma genitalium?
The problem with mycoplasma genitalium is that it doesnít have any symptoms so it can remain in the body undetected for stretches of time. If left untreated, this infection can lead to cervicitis, urethritis, ectopic pregnancy or pelvic inflammatory disease in women, and epididymitis and prostatitis in men. It can also cause long-lasting pelvic pain in both sexes.
How can you treat mycoplasma genitalium?
If you suspect you have mycoplasma genitalium, itís important that you take a test to confirm this. Usually you will be screened for other STIs first, especially as any symptoms you discuss will be very similar to other infections like gonorrhoea and chlamydia and your doctor will want to rule those out too.
This infection can be easily treated with a simple course of antibiotics. Azithromycin is proven to be the most effective mycoplasma genitalium treatment if taken as follows: two 250mg tablets on day one followed by one 250mg tablet per day for the next four days.
Taking an online consultation
If you need to take a mycoplasma genitalium treatment, you can buy Azithromycin online once youíve completed a consultation with one of our doctors. This consultation allows a registered doctor to assess your medical history and determine if Azithromycin is safe for you to take. If they agree, they will write a prescription and your medication will be dispatched from our registered pharmacy via free next-day delivery.