When you think sexually transmitted diseases, there are probably many you can list off, but it's important to know that there are many more out there.
This STD is probably something you've never even heard of, and health officials from the Centres of Disease Control and Prevention are trying to change that. Mycoplasma genitalium STD is an "emerging issue," and you need to know about it ASAP.
What is it?
Mycoplasma genitalium is a bacteria passed through bodily secretions, just like chlamydia and gonorrhea.
What are the symptoms?
Unfortunately, it's another one of those STD's that can go easily unnoticed. There aren't many symptoms, but if it's left untreated it can definitely develop into a larger issue.
Sarah Yamaguchi, M.D., ob/gyn at Good Samaritan Hosptial tells SELF that, "Sometimes doctors might not know about it until a patient presents with pelvic inflammatory disease"
"If a women is suffering from persistent vaginal irritation, pelvic pain, bleeding with intercourse, spotting between periods, or abnormal vaginal discharge, I would recommend having mycoplasma testing."
As STD testing has become more advanced, it's realised that mycoplasma is more common than once thought.
“There’s some evidence showing there’s a relationship between mycoplasma genitalium and cervicitis, which is inflammation of the cervix, or even pelvic inflammatory disease,” Sarah says.
Pelvic inflammatory disease can occur when someone has an untreated STD, most commonly chlamydia or gonorrhea, which can spread to the reproductive organs and cause fertility problems.
“It can cause the fallopian tubes to become infected, making it so eggs can no longer be transported,” Sarah says. “Other times, there will be scarring, so the tubes just won’t work anymore.”
Can it be treated?!
YES! Knowing what the STD is, is the biggest hurdle. Once you get past that, doctors can use antibiotics to tackle it.
Obviously, get tested REGULARLY and practice SAFE SEX if you are having sex at all.