Mycoplasma Testing

Sample type needed

Urine 

Incubation period 

14 days

Who is this test suitable for?

Men and women at risk

Results time 

Within 4 days from when your sample is received in the lab

Treatment

Mycoplasma can be cured with antibiotics

Where can I get tested?

All Better2Know centres

What is Mycoplasma?

Mycoplasma is a bacterial infection. It is sexually transmitted, and affects both men and women. If left untreated it can cause infertility, PID and other long term health issues.

How do I know if I have it?

In most cases, youwill have no symptoms.

However, for women who have symptoms, they 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, often watery
  • Burning or painful sensation during urination
  • Arthritis (pain and swelling in the joints)
Did you know? …

Mycoplasma is one of the smallest bacterium, making it difficult to treat.

How can I get it?

Mycoplasma can be transmitted during vaginalor anal sex. This is because the bacteria can thrive in various regions of the body including the penis, vagina, and anus.

What happens if I do not get treatment?

Men

Mycoplasma can cause urethritis.  This is an infection of the urethra.  This can lead to more painful symptoms.  The infection can also be passed on. 

Women

In women, it can cause an infection of the cervix, which can spread to the fallopian tubes.  Mycoplasma in these cases, can reduce fertility, PID, and symptoms may become more painful.

How do I get tested?

Getting tested for Mycoplasma with Better2Know is fast and easy. The test requires a urine sample. The test results are available within 5 days from when the sample is received in our laboratory. This test can also be combined with other tests and is included with many of our screens.

A Mycoplasma infection can be difficult to treat. It is also very easy to pass it on to a partner. Getting tested is the only way to know if you carry this infection. Book your test with Better2Know now.