Ureaplasma is a naturally occurring bacteria which is found in most people's genital tracts. It can become problematic when the colony of Ureaplasma bacteria overgrows and moves elsewhere in the body, causing irritation, and can be transmitted sexually to your partner. 

Incubation Period:

14 days

Samples Required:

Urine or Swab (women only)

Did You Know:

Ureaplasma are the smallest free-living organisms in the world. Read more.

How is Ureaplasma transmitted?

Ureaplasma can be transmitted through sexual intercourse with an infected person, including vaginal and anal intercourse. You will normally be infected through your urethra or vagina.

How will I know if I have Ureaplasma?

People with Ureaplasma often have no symptoms, particularly in the early stages. Leaving an infection untreated will increase your chances of feeling unwell, run down, discomfort in the genital area, painful urination, unusual discharge and redness/ inflammation in the genital area. Ureaplasma has been linked to infertility so it is important to get tested regularly.

What tests are available for Ureaplasma?

Ureaplasma is included in our:

  • Full Screen
  • Comfort Screen
  • Platinum Screen

A urine sample (or vaginal swab in women if you prefer) is needed. Your results will be reported to our secure, online patient area as soon as they are ready.

How is Ureaplasma treated?

Ureaplasma is a curable infection, usually treated with a short course of antibiotics, although some people may clear the infection by simply resting and avoiding sexual activity. Your Better2Know doctor will discuss your diagnosis with you and provide you with a prescription for the appropriate medication. Alternatively, you can take your result to your own doctor.

Once the treatment has been received, you are advised to abstain from any sexual activity for two weeks to avoid passing the bacterium to your sexual partner. You may want to consider having a repeat test at the end of your treatment to check that the infection has 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 the Better2Know anonymous notification system in your secure patient area.

How can I book my test with Better2Know?

To book your Ureaplasma test with Better2Know today, you can use our online booking system by clicking the Book Now button displayed above. Alternatively, please call our trained Patient Services team on the number at the top of the page.