Three reasons to consider having a Ureaplasma test with Better2Know:
- Ureaplasma is a common bacterial infection that can adversely affect pregnant women
- Ureaplasma can cause itching and discomfort in the genital area
- Better2Know's private STI tests are fast, confidential and stress-free
What is Ureaplasma?
Ureaplasma is one of the smallest documented free-living organisms. It is a bacterial infection, which can be transmitted through sexual intercourse. The bacteria can also occur naturally in both men and women.
Ureaplasma can be transmitted through vaginal, anal or oral intercourse.
Most people with Ureaplasma do not have any symptoms. However, the longer the infection goes untreated, the more likely you are to experience symptoms. These can include:
- Irritation in the genital area
- Unusual discharge
- Pain upon urination
- Pain during sex
- Redness or inflammation around the site of infection
Did You Know
A Ureaplasma infection can be a cause of urethral irritation in men and women. Read more.
Better2Know can test you for Ureaplasma if you have symptoms, are pregnant or at risk of pre-term rupture of your membranes. All we need is a single urine sample. Your results will be ready up to five working days from when your sample is received in our accredited, Australian laboratory.
A Ureaplasma infection can be successfully managed by your doctor or midwife. Antibiotics are not usually recommended or required. Ureaplasma bacteria are amongst the smallest bacteria discovered and are a type of organism that lack a cell wall. Research is ongoing into how a Ureaplasma infection can affect your reproductive system.
Most Ureaplasma infections go unnoticed and do not present with any symptoms. These infections are generally nothing to worry about and will not require treatment. In some cases however, a more significant Ureaplasma infection can develop which does require treatment. This is particularly the case in pregnant women where a clear link between Ureaplasma infection and preterm rupture of the membranes has been observed. If you are pregnant, and you are concerned about a Ureaplasma infection, please let us know and we can arrange for you to be tested. Ureaplasma can also lead to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) in women, and urethritis in men. An infection can also lead to an increased risk of other infections, including HIV.
Booking your Ureaplasma test
To book a Ureaplasma test at your nearest clinic, call our Patient Services team today on the phone number above. Please be sure to explain your concerns and why you think you need a test for Ureaplasma. Alternatively, you can arrange your appointment online by selecting the Book Now button at the top of this page.