Mycoplasma genitalium, or MG, has only recently be considered a significant health concern. Is a fairly common bacteria that was discovered in the 1980s. Until recently, it was considered to be harmless. However, it is now considered a significant cause of STIs. The good news is that mycoplasma genitalium can be cured.
Let’s talk about Mycoplasma Genitalium
Mycoplasma genitalium is the main cause of many infections including some forms of bacterial vaginosis and non-gonococcal urethritis. It has also been linked to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and other infections once thought to be attributed to other bacteria.
In almost all cases mycoplasma genitalium there are no symptoms. If there are symptoms they are largely nonspecific and can be mistaken for other diseases like chlamydia and gonorrhea. Symptoms are also different between women and men.
Mycoplasma Genitalium Symptoms: Women
Women tend to experience vaginal itching, painful intercourse and burning during urination. They may also experience bleeding between periods or after sex. Mycoplasma genitalium can also be associated with bacterial vaginosis (BV), symptoms of BV can include a fishy odor after sex or vaginal discharge.
Mycoplasma Genitalium Symptoms: Men
Men may experience urethral discharge, burning urination, and also pain or swelling of the joints. Symptoms may not be present at all or may be similar to symptoms of other sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia.
Getting a Diagnosis for Mycoplasma Genitalium
If you think you may have mycoplasma genitalium it is important to get tested as soon as possible. myLAB Box’s at home test for mycoplasma genitalium utilizes amplification of target DNA by polymerase chain reaction and nucleic acid hybridization. Once you have your diagnosis you can begin treatment.
Here’s How Our at Home Test Works
Order. Place your order online with free shipping.
Test. Test yourself anytime and anywhere you feel comfortable using our easy to follow instructions. It takes five minutes! When you have completed you test, send the sample to our lab with the prepaid return envelope provided.
Get Results. In a matter of days you will receive an email that alerts you when you results are ready. Simply log into your portal to view your private lab reviewed and certified results.
Health Problems Associated with Mycoplasma Genitalium
- Urethritis: makes your urethra irritated, swollen and itchy
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) which infects a women’s reproductive organs and can make it difficult to get pregnant.
- Cervicitis: an inflamed cervix
Mycoplasma Genitalium is most often treated with antibiotics, most commonly a dose of azithromycin. In order for treatment to be effective, you should follow your physician’s orders and take the whole cycle of antibiotics.
Condoms can help reduce your chances of getting mycoplasma genitalium, but they can’t guarantee you won’t get it. If you do have MG avoid having sex for 7 days after you have started treatment because you run the risk of infecting others.