Ureaplasma infection belongs to the group of sexually transmitted diseases and unfortunately in many cases the problem goes unnoticed for a long time.
There is a risk that, if neglected, the problem could spread to the pelvic organs and cause chronic urinary tract infection, infertility, pregnancy complications and recurrent abdominal pain. From Dr. Józan Gyöngyi, gynecologist of the Gynecological Center we can find out when it is worth taking ureaplasma screening.
What is ureaplasma?
The ureaplasma belonging to the mycoplasmas is a bacterium that settles in the urinary tract and genitals. It can also be found in certain quantities under normal conditions, it is a problem if it multiplies for some reason – in this case it generates inflammation.
The urinary tract infection, commonly known as the common cold, is not taken seriously by many, although it can even cause temporary incontinence and untreated complications.
Urinary tract infection can also cause temporary incontinence
Infection occurs through sexual contact in both sexes (less commonly, but may be transmitted during childbirth).
What are the symptoms of a ureaplasma infection?
The infection is often asymptomatic and there is only a flare up in the years following the infection.
It can also cause gynecological and urinary complaints, which are usually:
- Burning, hip urine
- Common urinary tract infections
- Vaginal discharge
- Abdominal / low back pain
- Infertility, miscarriage, premature birth
According to some researches, ureaplasma infection increases the chances of developing endometriosis (especially after pregnancy), so it is worth thinking about the pathogen when the condition is present – dr. Józan Gyöngyi, gynecologist of the Gynecological Center.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to separate the infection from other urinary tract problems, so if you are struggling with recurrent burning, hip, frequent urination, it is definitely worth suspecting urealpasma as well!
Diagnosis and treatment
Diagnosis of ureoplasma requires special laboratory tests (cervical secretions, vagina, urine) as it is almost impossible to see under a microscope due to its very small size. In case of a positive result, a course of antibiotics is required, which must be performed on both parties (i.e. both the woman and the man) in order to avoid re-infection!
Source: Napidoktor by napidoktor.hu.
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