Doctors warn many cases of M. gen may be going undiagnosed and untreated


Doctors are urging more research into a little-known sexually transmitted infection that has been linked to infertility and miscarriage.

Mycoplasma genitalium, or M. genitalium or M. gen is a sexually-transmitted bacterial infection that may cause genital pain, bleeding and swelling.

M. genitalium has developed resistance to the most common antibiotics used to treat STIs, which is prompting urgency for more research and testing.

Similar to chlamydia and gonorrhea, M. gen. is sometimes asymptomatic, but it may lead to severe complications in both men and women. In men it can cause urethritis, a swelling and irritation of the urethra. In women, M. gen. is associated with cervical swelling, pelvic inflammatory disease, miscarriage, preterm birth, and infertility.

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