What is Ureaplasma urealyticum?
Ureaplasma urealyticum is very contagious and is commonly found in the genital flora of sexually active individuals. Ureaplasma urealyticum often has no symptoms and a large percentage of infected people never experience any problems at all. However, if left undetected and untreated, ureaplasma urealyticum can cause infertility.
How common is Ureaplasma urealyticum?
It is estimated that 70% of the sexually active population is infected with ureaplasma urealyticum and many of these people experience no problems. However, it can cause symptoms and further complications in some people. It is therefore advisable to be aware of your sexual health and seek STI screening if you have concerns.
How is Ureaplasma urealyticum passed on?
Ureaplasma urealyticum is extremely contagious and is most often spread through unprotected sex. In extreme cases, you can become infected if you touch an infected person’s nose or eye secretions.
What are the complications of Ureaplasma urealyticum?
Left untreated ureaplasma urealyticum can be associated with infertility, premature or still birth, non-specific urethritis, meningitis and pneumonia. If the infection is left untreated for several months, it can spread to other parts of the body and damage joints, nerves and muscles.