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Mycoplasma genitalium is a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Not familiar with it? Don’t worry you are not the only person.
Once thought to have been isolated and virtually eradicated in the 1980’s, it appears this STI, which affects both men and women, is once again resurfacing in certain circles. It is estimated that as many as 42% of adults described as “high risk” patients (meaning those who have broad sexual circles, multiple sexual partners, or who have previously tested positive for other STIs) will contract Mycoplasma Genitalium at some point.
Mycoplasma genitalium is a relatively new sexually transmitted infection that a lot people are not familiar with. Passed on from person to person from unprotected sexual intercourse, anal sex or oral sex. Mycoplasma genitalium is a bacterial infection that can cause many other health conditions in men and women.
How do mycoplasma genitalium treatments work?
Mycoplasma genitalium is treated with a course of oral prescription antibiotics. Antibiotics such as – Azithromycin and Doxycycline are all that is required to clear the infection.
It is important to note that even after you have completed your treatment regimen, it is recommended that you avoid unprotected sex (even with committed partners) for a week to ten days, to ensure that the bacteria have entirely left your body and avoid a relapse. At a minimum, using a condom is highly encouraged during this time period. A month or so after completing treatment, it is also vital that you (and your partner) be retested by a physician, to ensure that the antibiotics worked and the STI is in fact completely gone. Because everyone reacts differently to medication, it is not uncommon to need a second round of antibiotics at this time, in order to completely eliminate the infection.
What is mycoplasma genitalium?
Mycoplasma genitalium bacterium infects the mucous membranes of the male urethra, female cervix, along with the throat and anus. Men and women are both at risk of contracting mycoplasma genitalium through unprotected sex. In routine STI tests mycoplasma genitalium isn’t usually tested for. It is one sti that the particular test is requested for by a doctor. If you suffer from the symptoms below make sure you ask your doctor to test you for Mycoplasma Genitalium. Results will usually take 2-4 days.
How do I contract Mycoplasma Genitalium?
In terms of contracting the disease, it is spread through both anal and vaginal sex, as well as (many physicians believe) oral sex. Unfortunately, if you or your partner contracts this STI, there is really no safe form of sex in which to indulge until you have been treated. Mycoplasma is a bacterium that can potentially affect the mucous membranes of the urethra, cervix, anus and throat, which, all things considered, makes a few days of abstinence seem like a walk in the park.
Unfortunately people can pass the infection on to sexual partners without even knowing. Though both genders can be affected, the symptoms each may experience will vary somewhat. In men, if there are any symptoms at all, it will simply be heightened sensitivity while urinating. They may notice a stinging or burning sensation in the penis when they urinate.
Women however, often have more noticeable symptoms such as pain in the pelvic area and stomach, pain during sexual intercourse in general, bleeding during intercourse, a noticeable vaginal discharge and a burning sensation when urinating. Because these symptoms fit a multitude of STIs, it is important to be tested by a doctor if you begin experiencing any of them, in order to determine exactly what type of treatment you need. Your physician will likely take a urine sample, or do a urethral/vaginal swab for testing.
Protection should always be used during sexual intercourse and remember to get a regular check up from your doctor especially if you are suffering from any symptoms below.
- Unusual odor or discharge
- Burning sensation with urinating
- Irritation/redness around the genitals
How do I buy mycoplasma genitalium treatments?
To purchase Doxycycline and Azithromycin, which are medications used for the treatment of mycoplasma genitalium you will need to first complete an online consultation. The consultation is free and will only take a few minutes to complete online. One you have finished and have been approved for the medication it will be sent to you within 48 hours.