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Mycoplasma Genitalium

What is mycoplasma genitalium?

Mycoplasma genitalium is a bacteria that may invade the urine duct, the cervix in women, the back passage and the throat, and mycoplasma genitalium infection is primarily obtained through sexual activity.

The sign and symptoms of mycoplasma genitalium

Many people wont show any sign or symptom of being infected with mycoplasma genitalium. Those that do, normally see symptoms within 1 to 3 weeks.

The symptoms of mycoplasma genitalium in men

The principal signs of mycoplasma genitalium in men are:
• Urethritis (inflammation of the urine duct)
• pain when urinating
• secretion from the tip of the penis

The symptoms of mycoplasma genitalium in women

Not as much is understood concerning mycoplasma genitalium in women, but mycoplasma genitalium is known to invade the cervix. Such symptoms of mycoplasma genitalium in women may include:
• soreness in the pelvis area
• soreness when sexually penetrated
• unusual vaginal secretion

Possible complications arising from untreated mycoplasma genitalium

In women, if mycoplasma genitalium is left untreated, there is some fear that it may cause sterility or increase the risk of infertility, cause ectopic pregnancy, cause chronic pain in the pelvis, as well as cause pelvic inflammatory disease. Endometritis - a type of inflammation of the lining of the uterus - is also another concern. However, at the moment, these concerns are more conjecture and hypothesising, not strict fact, at least not yet.

The long term consequences of untreated mycoplasma genitalium in males appears to be pretty well unknown.

Catching mycoplasma genitalium

Mycoplasma genitalium can be caught from oral, vaginal or anal sex with an infected person. Mycoplasma genitalium may be passed on by unclean adult toys, hands and fingers, if such were in contact with an infected person's genitals or back passage. Mycoplasma genitalium is still contagious even if the infected person displays no obvious symptoms.

Anybody who has a sexual relationship with someone infected with mycoplasma genitalium can catch it.

Preventing mycoplasma genitalium

Utilizing a rubber sheath with vaginal or anal sex may substantially reduce the chance of being infected by mycoplasma genitalium.

Do not have sex with anyone who has been confirmed as having mycoplasma genitalium until these people have completed there treatment. Keep away from sharing adult toys and consider utilizing condoms with adult toys as an additional precaution.

Have medical sexual health checks regularly to identify mycoplasma genitalium early so as to prevent spreading the infection on to others and before complications evolve in you.

Remember, you can have mycoplasma genitalium and not know it, as can your sexual acquaintences and partners.

How does mycoplasma genitalium get diagnosed?

In men, mycoplasma genitalium is determined by a physician taking a urine sample or a specimen from the lower section of the urine duct. In women, a specimen of the cervix is obtained by a doctor. The sample or specimen is then sent off and analysed to see if mycoplasma genitalium bacteria is present.

The treatment for mycoplasma genitalium

Mycoplasma genitalium is treated via antibiotics - taken by mouth. Mycoplasma genitalium is cureable, so once treatment has been successful, it wont return unless you are reinfected with it again.

Abstain from sex until both you and your acquaintances have received treatment.

Notify your sexual partners if you are found to have mycoplasma genitalium

If you have mycoplasma genitalium it is vital to notify any sexual acquaintance(s) you have had, so that these people may be examined and treated, otherwise the infection may be spread to many other people, and the those that carry it silently may end up with some nasty side effects of leaving it untreated.

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