Ureaplasma is a form of bacteria that naturally occurs in the body. Most commonly, it is found in the urinary or genital tract. In most cases, this bacteria lives in balance and does not cause health issues. However, when their numbers become too great, problems can arise, including conditions that harm the reproductive system in men and women.
How It Is Transmitted
Ureaplasma does not have to be transmitted between people. It is possible for the bacteria to become unbalanced without sexual contact. However, it is more commonly found in people who have had multiple sexual partners. It can also be passed to a fetus or newborn by the bother if she had an infection during pregnancy.
Who It Affects
Both men and women of any age can develop a ureaplasma infection. Being sexually active greatly increases the risk of infection, as does having multiple sexual partners. Still, no one is completely without risk.
Because all bodies naturally contain ureaplasma, its presence alone does not result in symptoms. It is only once the percentage of it in the urinary tract and genitals becomes too great that the person will experience symptoms. If the following signs are observe, you should be checked for a ureaplasma infection:
- Pain when urinating
- Abdominal pain
- Vaginal pain
- Vaginal odor or discharge
- Urethra swelling
- Urethra discharge
Despite being caused by bacteria that are safe in normal amounts, ureaplasma infections can cause long-term health problems. These include:
- Making it more difficult for women to become pregnant
- Lowering the number of sperm produced and their ability to move
- Significant pain
- Development of bacterial vaginosis
- Inflammation of the prostate gland
As such, it is critical that ureaplasma infections are caught early on. Regular testing ensures that the condition is more likely to be caught while asymptomatic, preventing the most devastating consequences from developing. LetsGetChecked comprehensive STD test offers ureaplasma testing in addition to 9 other sexually transmitted diseases.