Ureaplasma Test: Key Features
- Lab test with highest level of accuracy
- Urine sample or swab available
- Fast results in 36 hours
- Antibiotics included
What is Ureaplasma Urealyticum/Parvum?
Ureaplasma is a bacterium that can be passed through sexual contact although it is not
considered a classic STI or STD because of its low degree of pathogenicity. The two
species are Parvum and Urealyticum.
It is estimated that quite a large proportion of the sexually active population is
infected with Ureaplasma without it causing any problems whatsoever. We do however
dispute claims that over 70% of the UK population has this infection. Having
processed thousands of urine samples over the years, it is nowhere near this level!
Most people do not have any symptoms whatsoever and there is no evidence that
Ureaplasma has any long term health consequences for those who are asymptomatic.
Where symptoms are present, these include:
- Burning sensation when passing urine
- Urethral irritation
- Unusual vaginal discharge in women
- Urethral discharge in men
We sometimes encounter female patients who have experienced chronic
cystitis/urinary tract infections that show no evidence on a culture of any
bacterial organisms. When we test the urine for Ureaplasma using PCR we then
find it to be present; so we believe that Ureaplasma can be implicated in
Should I be worried about Ureaplasma?
Generally we would advise that Ureaplasma is nothing to worry about although if
an infection is causing outward symptoms, we would recommend a course of
antibiotics. If one partner is having symptoms then we recommend treatment of
the consort as the bacteria can be passed through sexual contact.
The jury is still out on whether Ureaplasma can cause long term problems but
there is no real evidence to substantiate some of the scare stories on the
internet. We recommend that you do not read websites that have no medical
backing as there is information out there that is unsupported by empirical evidence.
Can I be tested for Ureaplasma?
It is possible to test for Ureaplasma using a urine sample or a vaginal swab.
The urine sample or swab is subjected to a PCR test that looks for the DNA of the
bacteria. So long as the bacteria are present in the urine sample or swab (which
they will be if you are infected and you take the sample as directed) then this
test will produce a positive result. The Ureaplasma test, results normally takes
36 hours to process. If you have symptoms then we recommend a wider screen such
as our Full STI Screen, which tests for 7 infections that can cause the same
symptoms as Ureaplasma.
Is Ureaplasma Easy to Treat?
Fortunately, in most cases, Ureaplasma is easy to treat. The preferred treatment
is Doxycycline for 7 days or Azithromycin for 5 days. Some patients require a
longer course of Doxycyline. We have never seen a case where the situation was
not satisfactorily resolved with antibiotic therapy. If you wish to be retested
then we recommend waiting at least 3 weeks after treatment has been completed.
Some people continue to experience symptoms after the infection has been cleared
but these symptoms will disappear with time.