Mycoplasma testing

Sample type needed


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


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, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) and other long-term health issues.

How can I catch Mycoplasma?

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

What are the symptoms of Mycoplasma?

In most cases, you will 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.

What happens if I do not get treatment?


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


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

How can Mycoplasma be 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.