Definition - What does Ureaplasma mean?

Ureaplasma is bacteria that can impact the sexual health of both men and women by decreasing fertility and potentially increasing the risk of pregnancy loss. Ureaplasma is resistant to many antibiotics, but certain medications have proven to be effective at treating symptoms of the growth. While ureaplasma has been shown to be associated with negative outcomes in reproductive health, as of September 2016 there is no strong evidence as to why.

FertilitySmarts explains Ureaplasma

Ureaplasma is present in the body of many healthy men and women, most often found in the cervix and vagina of women and the urethra of men. Most often, the bacteria do not cause any problems. However, in other people, the condition is thought to cause a variety of painful or problematic symptoms, including:

  • Pelvic pain
  • Infertility
  • Miscarriage or recurrent miscarriage
  • Pain with urination
  • Recurrent yeast infections, discolored or foul smelling vaginal discharge
  • Discharge from the penis

Ureaplasma is spread during sexual activities and transmission can be genital to genital or oral to genital. Pregnant women can also spread ureaplasma to an unborn infant.

If testing for ureaplasma is positive, both the individual and his or her sexual partner will be prescribed a round of antibiotics specific to treating ureaplasma. The condition and any resulting symptoms should clear up with appropriate usage.

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