What is Mycoplasma?

Mycoplasma is a bacterium that can typically infect the genitals, urinary tracts, rectums and lungs. It affects both men and women and can be passed through sexual contact.


How can I get Mycoplasma?

Mycoplasma is transmitted mainly through unprotected vaginal or anal sex and less likely through oral sex. It is most common in smokers, those with multiple sexual partners, young people of both sexes and older age groups of men.

In men, Mycoplasma can infect the inside lining of the penis (urethra). In women, Mycoplasma can infect the neck of the womb (cervix), the womb (uterus) and fallopian tubes.

What are the symptoms of Mycoplasma?

Many people do not experience any symptoms. However, for women who have symptoms, these may include:

  • Burning or painful sensation during urination
  • Vaginal itching
  • Pain during sex.

In men, the infection is often diagnosed in those who suffer from Urethritis (inflammation of the urethra) which is not caused by Gonorrhoea or Chlamydia. Symptoms in men, if they are present, may include:

  • Urethral discharge
  • Burning or painful sensation during urination
  • Arthritis (pain and swelling in the joints).
Did you know? …

Mycoplasma is a common STI and can give you the same complications as Chlamydia if left untreated. Click here to see the full article.

How do I test for Mycoplasma?

Better2Know can test you easily, quickly and painlessly as part our Comfort Screen, Full Screen and Platinum Screen, or on its own. Please be sure that you hold your urine for two hours before your test to ensure that you can produce your sample. Results are usually available three days from when the sample is received in the laboratory.

How is Mycoplasma treated?

The infection is treated with antibiotics. If you do test positive, you can speak to a Better2Know doctor who will be able to prescribe the correct medication for you.