Three reasons to have a Mycoplasma test with Better2Know:
- Mycoplasma can cause issues with fertility in both men and women
- Mycoplasma is a common cause of itching and discomfort
- Better2Know can provide Mycoplasma testing individually, or as part of a combination of STI tests
What is Mycoplasma?
Mycoplasma is a bacteria, which can sexually transmitted. It is one of the smallest documented free-living organisms in the world. It lives in the genital area and urinary ducts. A Mycoplasma bacterium does not have a cell wall, which makes treatment more difficult than other bacterial STIs.
Mycoplasma can be passed on through vaginal, anal and oral sexual intercourse and genital contact. It is usually transmitted via the exchange of bodily fluids.
Most people with Mycoplasma will not show any signs of infection at first, however as it develops more people will start to experience symptoms. These can include:
- Burning or painful sensation during urination
- Vaginal or penile itching
- Pain during sex
- Vaginal or urethral discharge
Did You Know
Antibiotic resistance has been detected in 50 to 80% of all Mycoplasma Genitalium in Australia. It is therefore important to get tested and, if positive, to get treated. Read more.
Better2Know usually requires a urine sample to detect Mycoplasma. Results are usually available within five working days from when your sample is received in our laboratory.
Mycoplasma is treated with antibiotics which will be prescribed by your doctor. It is important to complete the full course to ensure the infection clears and to help prevent antibiotic resistance.
Mycoplasma infections are associated with pelvic inflammatory disease in women, a condition which can be very harmful if left untreated. Women who are pregnant should take advice from their midwife to avoid any complications in pregnancy and childbirth.
In men, Mycoplasma can cause urethritis, which can be a very painful inflammation of the urethra. A Mycoplasma infection can also increase your risk of getting HIV and other STIs.
Booking your Mycoplasma test
To make a booking in your nearest Australian clinic, contact our Patient Services team today on the phone number above. You can book your test online by selecting the Book Now button at the top of the page.