Mycoplasma Genitalium In Men

Are you or your partner experiencing discomfort or pain when passing urine? Or did your partner inform you that he/ she was infected with Mycoplasma Genitalium?

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What is Mycoplasma Genitalium?

It is a sexually transmitted infection in which, majority of the people may not experience any symptoms. In those who do experience symptoms, they may have discomfort or pain when passing urine, abnormal vaginal bleeding between menses, bleeding after sex, pelvic pain. Unlike most bacteria, it is very difficult to grow them in the lab thus until recent years, many labs do not test for it.

Another interesting fact about Mycoplasma genitalium is that unlike most bacteria it does not have a cell wall, thus making many common antibiotics used to treat bacterial infection ineffective against it. 

What happens if I get infected with it?

For many people, they may not be aware that they have been infected with it as they have no symptoms. For those with symptoms,

Males:

Symptoms include:

  • Pain on urinating
  • Discharge from the urethra which is the tube through which urine passes out of the penis
  • Penile irritation and pain

Females:

Symptoms include:

  • Vaginal discharge
  • Pelvic pain
  • Bleeding after intercourse
  • Bleeding between periods

In addition, studies have shown that infection with Mycoplasma Genitalium puts women at double the risk of developing pelvic inflammatory disease, spontaneous abortion and premature babies. There are some evidence that show that in males, complications such as infection of the epididymis which is part of the delivery system of sperm from the testes; In addition, it has been shown that bacteria can bind to the sperm itself and may have effect on the sperm’s ability to move thus may cause infertility issues.

How can I test if I have been infected with Mycoplasma genitalium?

Up until recently, no commercial laboratory in Singapore is able to offer the test to detect Mycoplasma Genitalium. Dr Tan and Partners is pleased to announce that we are now able to test for Mycoplasma Genitalium with a commercial laboratory in Singapore.

How does the test detect Mycoplasma Genitalium?

The test takes urine or a swab from the cervix and looks for the DNA of the bacteria using PCR technology. This makes the test highly accurate.

What do I need to do for the test?

Your doctor will require either a fresh urine sample or in females, a cervical swab is taken.

How long does it take for the results to be available?

Usually it takes about 7-10 working days for results to be available.

Is there effective treatment for Mycoplasma Genitalium?

Yes there is. If you have been tested positive for the infection, your doctor will discuss with you the appropriate antibiotic to use. Effective treatment of the infection is also more challenging in this current day and age due to increasing antibiotic resistance. Your doctor will be able to advise you further.

Should I ask my partner to get tested if I have been tested positive for Mycoplasma Genitalium?

Certainly, you should ask your partner to see a doctor to get tested and if necessary treated accordingly. Remember that in many cases, infection with Mycoplasma Genitalium causes no symptoms. 

Studies have shown that in heterosexual couples where the male partner was tested positive for the bacteria up to 30% of their female partner were positive for the bacteria as well and it is even higher when heterosexual female who were positive for the bacteria, up to 50% of their male partners are tested positive for the bacteria. In men who have sex with men, up to 40% of their partners were tested positive for the bacteria in the rectum.

Surprisingly, in the same group of men, only about 4% were tested positive for the bacteria in the urine. All in all, this points to the fact that if one partner is tested positive for the bacteria there is a good chance that the other partner is also infected.

Questions?

1.) Dr. Tan and Partners (DTAP Clinic) @Siglap

Men’s Health & Sexual Health Clinic

Dr. Edwin Ong is currently practising in Men’s Health & Sexual Clinic @Siglap 

Address:
914 East Coast Road
#01-04 The Domain,
Singapore 459108

Telephone:
+65 6962 2144

2.) Dr. Tan and Partners (DTAP Clinic) @Somerset


Men’s Lifestyle Clinic

Dr. Taufiq is currently practising in Men’s Lifestyle Clinic @Somerset (Orchard Building) 

Address:
Orchard Building
#10-08, 1 Grange Road
Singapore 239693

Telephone:
+65 6262 0762

3) Dr. Tan and Partners (DTAP Clinic) @Raffles Place


Men’s Health & Sexual Health Clinic

Dr. Benjamin Loh is currently practising in Men’s Health & Sexual Clinic @Raffles Place

Address:
20 Cecil Street,
#02-01 PLUS
Singapore 049705

Telephone:
+65 6962 7144

4) Dr. Tan and Partners (DTAP Clinic) @Holland V


Men’s Health & Sexual Health Clinic


Dr. Julian Hong
 is currently practising in Men’s Health & Sexual Clinic @Holland V 

Address:
15B Lorong Liput
(Next to Holland Piazza)
Singapore 277730

Telephone:
+65 6235 1339

5) Dr. Tan and Partners (DTAP Clinic) @Novena


Men’s Health & Sexual Health Clinic

Dr. Julian Ng is currently practising in Men’s Health & Sexual Clinic @Novena Medical Centre

Address:
Novena Medial Centre
#08-31, 10 Sinaran Drive
Singapore 307506

Telephone:
+65 6397 2095