Mycoplasma genitalium is a bacterial sexually transmitted infection that affects both men and women and which is quite common in the UK. It very rarely causes symptoms, and often occurs alongside infections such as gonorrhoea and chlamydia. If the infection isn't treated quickly it can lead to fertility problems or other issues affecting the genitals.
Mycoplasma genitalium is easy to treat and, similarly to other bacterial STIs, will normally only require a single course of treatment with an antibiotic such as Azithromycin. Azithromycin generally just needs to be taken in over a few days, but to ensure that it's been effective it's generally recommended that another STI test be taken two weeks after treatment has been completed.
What are the symptoms?
Many people aren't likely to get the timely mycoplasma genitalium treatment they need because they aren't aware that they have it. This is because the bacterium that causes the infection rarely causes symptoms in those who have it. However, should you experience symptoms they are most likely to be pain when urinating and vaginal itching in women, while men may experience pain when urinating or a urethral discharge.
These symptoms tend to be very general, which means that the infection often gets confused with something else, but it's also possible that if you have mycoplasma genitalium, you may also have another infection such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea or bacterial vaginosis.
What causes it?
Mycoplasma genitalium is most commonly transmitted through unprotected vaginal, anal or oral intercourse. Sharing sex toys with an infected person also places you at risk of exposure to the mycoplasma genitalium bacterium, as it exposes the bacteria to the urethra or vagina, where it can attach itself and cause an infection.
Is it dangerous?
Yes, an infection of the mycoplasma genitalium bacteria can be potentially dangerous, especially if it starts to affect more than just the vagina or urethra. In women, the infection can spread to the womb and ovaries, leading to pelvic inflammatory disease, which can result in infertility, ectopic pregnancy or chronic pelvic pain. In men the infection can cause the infection can spread from the urethra, to the prostate and epididymis. If this happens, it can lead to prostatitis and epididymitis, which could result in discomfort and potentially infertility. Men are also likely to develop reactive arthritis in response to the infection affecting the immune system.
What mycoplasma genitalium treatments are available?
Mycoplasma genitalium is a bacterial STI which means that it's possible for it to be treated and cured with the right antibiotic treatment. Azithromycin is most commonly recommended for this condition and is available in a one day dosage treatment of 500mg x 2, which is taken orally. It will take seven days for symptoms to completely clear.
As it's not always easy to know whether you have this infection or not, it's important that you take an STI test if you believe that you may have been infected. In general, experts advise that sexually active results go for regular STI tests in order to get infections treated quickly to prevent it from affecting your health, but also from spreading to more sexual partners.
Are these mycoplasma genitalium treatments available online?
Azithromycin is an effective mycoplasma genitalium treatment that's available from OnlineClinic. However, as it's a prescription medication, the order process involves an online consultation form. Our discreet yet thorough online consultation service ensures that a doctor is able to evaluate your condition to ensure that you are able to use the treatment of your choice. If you qualify for a prescription, one will be issued and passed straight to our pharmacy where it will be checked by our registered pharmacist and shipped via overnight delivery so you can get your treatment as soon as possible.