Mycoplasma genitalium (M. genitalium) is a sexually transmitted bacteria.
Signs and symptoms
People with M. genitalium often do not experience any symptoms.
Symptoms that may occur in women:
- Burning sensation when urinating
- Vaginal itching
- Painful intercourse
- Abnormal vaginal discharge
- Abnormal bleeding between periods
- Abdominal pain
Symptoms that may occur in men:
- Burning or painful sensation when urinating
- Inflammation or redness of the penis and foreskin
- Inflammation of the lining of the rectum
- Abnormal discharge
Symptoms typically appear within 1-3 weeks after being infected.
- M. genitalium is caught from sex with an infected person
- Genital-to-genital contact
- Use condoms/ barriers consistently and correctly
- Abstain from sexual intercourse until treatment is complete
- Get an infected partner tested and treated
- Seek medical care to discuss testing and treatment
- Treatment may include antibiotics
If not treated
- Increases your risk for pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) Increases your risk for Epididymitis (inflammation of the epididymis)
- If someone has other STD's such as HIV,
- M. genitalium can make it more likely to pass on other infections.
If you have M. genitalium
- Seek medical care
- Take medication as instructed by a medical professional
- Refrain from intercourse until you and your partner have completed treatment
- Speak to a provider if you've used macrolide-based antibiotics previously to treat infections. This may impact the drugs effectiveness to treat M. genitalium.