Mycoplasma pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is a common sexually transmitted infection caused by a bacterium called Mycoplasma genitalium. Although it is not as well-known as other STIs, such as Chlamydia or gonorrhea, Mycoplasma PID can have serious consequences if left untreated.

Mycoplasma PID can lead to inflammation and scarring of the reproductive organs, which can cause chronic pain and infertility. In addition, people with Mycoplasma PID are at a higher risk of acquiring other STIs, such as HIV.

Symptoms of Mycoplasma PID can vary and may include pelvic pain, abnormal vaginal discharge, pain during sex, and/or bleeding between periods. However, some people with Mycoplasma PID may not experience any symptoms at all.

If you suspect that you may have Mycoplasma PID, it is important to seek medical attention. Your healthcare provider may perform a physical exam, take a sample of your vaginal discharge, and/or conduct a urine test to check for the presence of Mycoplasma genitalium.

Treatment for Mycoplasma PID typically involves a course of antibiotics, such as doxycycline or azithromycin. Your healthcare provider may also recommend that your sexual partners be tested and treated for the infection to prevent reinfection.

To reduce your risk of Mycoplasma PID, practice safe sex by using condoms and getting regular STI testing. If you are experiencing symptoms of Mycoplasma PID, don’t hesitate to seek medical attention. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent complications and improve your overall health and well-being.