Ureaplasma urealyticum is a bacterium that affects an estimated 70% of sexually active people. It’s not considered a classic sexually transmitted infection, even though it’s spread through sexual contact. This infection often doesn’t have any symptoms and a large proportion of people won’t ever experience problems with it; however, it can cause infertility or non-specific urethritis if left untreated.
Ureaplasma urealyticum is caused by the smallest parasitic bacteria which can live in the genital or respiratory tracts. You can treat it with two different antibiotics: Doxycycline and Azithromycin. Both these medications can be bought online once you’ve completed a free online consultation with one of our registered doctors.
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In the majority of cases people won’t know they have this infection because it doesn’t often present symptoms. However, urethritis in men and genital tract infections in women both point towards a ureaplasma urealyticum infection.
If ureaplasma urealyticum does display symptoms, these will be similar to urethritis and chorioamnionitis (a bacterial infection in the vagina). These symptoms in women include redness and inflammation, unusual genital discharge and pain during urination. Other symptoms include lower abdominal pain and blood present when urinating.
It’s often diagnosed in men with epididymitis (a condition when the area behind the testicles where sperm is stored becomes inflamed) and venereological patients (involved in the study of STIs).
The bacteria responsible for this infection can be spread through sexual contact, saliva, blood transfusions, air, needles or blood; and is extremely contagious.
Ureaplasma urealyticum can be easily treated, but can lie undetected in your body for months because it doesn’t often cause symptoms. This is dangerous because it’s been proved that if this infection remains untreated, it can be associated with infertility, premature or still birth, non-specific urethritis, chorioamnionitis, meningitis and pneumonia.
Leaving ureaplasma urealyticum untreated for several months raises the risk of the bacteria spreading to other parts of your body, where it can damage your joints, nerves and muscles.
First you need to establish if you have this infection, which is done by a simple urine test. You can visit a doctor, or even order a test online which allows you to provide a sample at home, send it off to a lab and wait for your results.
All it takes is a simple course of antibiotics to treat ureaplasma urealyticum. Doxycycline and Azithromycin can both be taken over a week to treat this infection.
Beginning treatment as soon as you develop symptoms will boost the success rate of the medication. As with any course of antibiotics, you must ensure you complete the medication. That’s because if you stop before your treatment runs out, the bacteria could still be present in your body and return.
"Not many people know about ureaplasma, but it’s a bacteria that is most commonly spread among sexually active people. If left untreated it can lead to complications."Dr Hilary Jones
HealthExpress Medical Advisor
A simple course of antibiotics can be used to treat this condition. Doxycycline is usually be taken as a week-long course to treat ureaplasma. However, Azithromycin is taken as a single dose treatment, although it may take up to seven days for the infection to be entirely treated. You have a higher chance of successfully treating the infection if you start a course of antibiotics straight away. 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.
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If you have taken a test for this infection and it’s come back positive, you can take an online consultation to find out which treatment is best for you. Once you’ve completed the consultation, one of our registered doctors will review it to determine which medication would suit you best. When you’ve made a decision, the doctor will write a prescription and the medication will be dispensed by our registered pharmacy. The ureaplasma urealyticum treatment will be sent to you via free next-day delivery.