Ureaplasma is often a part of the human microbiome, which consists of trillions of tiny cells that live in and on the human body. These tiny organisms help people fight infections, digest food, and maintain reproductive health. However, these normally harmless bacteria can replicate and attack healthy tissues, creating a bacterial colony that can cause an infection. An imbalance of Ureaplasma has been linked to a variety of medical problems including, pregnancy complications, bacterial vaginosis and urethritis which causes pain and inflammation in the urethra.

Ureaplasma is most often transmitted through sexual contact and is commonly found in those who are sexually active as well as those with weakened immune systems.

Symptoms of urethritis:
• Pain during urination
• Burning sensation
• Discharge
• Symptoms of bacterial vaginosis
• Watery vaginal discharge
• Unpleasant vaginal odor

Ureaplasma can be diagnosed through a urine sample, cervical swab, endometrial swab or an endometrial biopsy. Treatment typically involves a course of antibiotics-with the preferred antibiotics being Zithromax and doxycycline. Many doctors do not test for Ureaplasma so if you are experiencing chronic UTIs, symptoms of urethritis or bacterial vaginosis don’t forget to ask if your doctor has tested you for it.

Sources/Resources

Ureaplasma: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment, and Outlook (healthline.com)
Ureaplasma: Causes, symptoms, and treatment (medicalnewstoday.com)
Ureaplasma (reddit.com)
Considerations of Antibiotic Treatment for Genital Ureaplasma (regis.edu)

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