Mycoplasma is a bacterial infection which can be sexually transmitted. It is one of the smallest documented bacteria and can be difficult to treat. It has been linked to infertility, so it is important to get tested regularly.

Incubation Period:

14 days

Samples Required:

Urine or Swab (women)

Did You Know:

Among heterosexuals, women are twice as likely to be infected with Mycoplasma than men. Read more.

How is Mycoplasma transmitted?

Both men and women can have Mycoplasma. It is passed on through sexual intercourse (vaginal, anal or oral) with an infected person.

How will I know if I have Mycoplasma?

Most people with Mycoplasma will not have any symptoms. These may increase if an infection is left untreated and can include:

  • painful urination
  • unusual discharge
  • painful sex (usually this affects women more than men)

What tests are available for Mycoplasma?

Better2Know needs a urine sample to accurately test for Mycoplasma. We can also test for it on a vaginal swab for women. Mycoplasma is also included in our:

  • Full Screen
  • Comfort Screen
  • Platinum Screen

How is the infection treated?

Mycoplasma can be cured with a short course of antibiotics. We can help you to get the appropriate medication, or you can take your results to your own doctor if you prefer. Your choice of clinician will be able to prescribe the most appropriate antibiotic for you. Once you have finished your treatment, you are advised to abstain from any sexual activity for at least two weeks to avoid passing the bacterium on to your sexual partner. You may wish to consider having a repeat test at the end of your treatment to check that the infection has completely cleared.

You should also contact your previous partners to notify them about your result as he/she may also need to get tested. You can do so using our anonymous notification system in your secure patient area.

How can I book my test with Better2Know?

To book your Mycoplasma test with Better2Know now, you can use the orange button at the top of the page. Otherwise, you can call our friendly Patient Services team on the number above. They can answer any queries concerning our services, private clinics, screens and tests in Asia.