Can Patients With Ureaplasma Urealyticum Infections Wear a Condom to Have Sex?
Ureaplasma urealyticum(UU) is a critical kind of mycoplasma pathogen and is closely related to the health of the reproductive system of both men and women. It usually causes infections of the genitourinary tract. Ureaplasma infection is a main pathogen in nongonococcal urethritis, second only to chlamydia. Ureaplasma spreads rapidly, mainly through sexual contact such as marital intercourse.
So can patients with Ureaplasma infections wear a condom to have sex?
When the Ureaplasma test result comes positive, men can usually wear a condom to have sex. However, women with Ureaplasma infections cannot have intercourse.
Ureaplasma, mainly parasitic in the human genitourinary tract, can be transmitted through sexual contact, causing urethritis, vaginitis, and other diseases. When patients have urethritis, wearing a condom during intercourse may cause excessive extrusion on the urethra, even if it can prevent the transmission of Ureaplasma. Due to edema and congestion in the urinary tract, excessive extrusion will trigger local rupture and bleeding and may lead to continuous aggravation of infection.
In addition, when Ureaplasma infection causes vaginitis due to the stimulation of ureaplasma, it will lead to local vaginal congestion and edema. And because the vaginal mucosa is relatively fragile, having sex at this time may induce vaginal bleeding, leading to the aggravation of vaginitis, and endometritis, pelvic inflammatory disease, and other gynecological diseases. Therefore, women infected with Ureaplasma should not have sex.
The incubation period of Ureaplasma infection is 1-3 weeks. Since there are no obvious symptoms in the initial stage, it isn't easy to be detected and thus easy to miss the diagnosis. The typical symptoms in the acute phase are similar to other non-gonorrhotic genitourinary infections. Specific manifestations are:
Female patients with Ureaplasma infections in the early stage have redness, swelling, itching, or tingling around the urethral orifice;
Extrusion on the urethra leads to a small amount of secretion overflow and little tenderness;
In the morning, there is a small amount of mucus secretion or only scab around the urethral orifice, or the crotch is dirty;
If the infection is confined to the cervix, the symptoms are increased leucorrhea, opacity, cervical edema, cervical congestion, or cervical surface erosion.
Ureaplasma infections in women can lead to cervicitis, endometritis, fallopian tube blockage, pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, and a series of problems. Most patients have no obvious or noticeable symptoms, and a few severe patients sense vaginal drop or burning and have chills, fever, nausea, vomiting, poor appetite, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and increased leucorrhea. When the infection expands to the urethra, it will also induce frequent urination, urinary urgency, and other symptoms.
After a long time of Ureaplasma infections, patients will have swelling, pain, limited movement of the knee, wrist, ankle, and elbow, and even septic arthritis. Those with severe Ureaplasma infections may suffer from concomitant myocarditis, endocarditis, and gonorrhea meningitis.
Ureaplasma is a bacterium that can affect 70% of sexually active men and women. Although it is not considered a sexually transmitted infection, it can be spread through sexual contact. Therefore, the principle of its treatment is that both the husband and wife should be treated simultaneously to cure it completely as long as one of them is infected.
If the patient’s Ureaplasma test result is positive, they should go to the hospital in time for formal treatment. When infected, patients should follow the doctor's instructions to use sensitive antibacterial drugs for treatment, such as azithromycin capsules, amoxicillin capsules, and other drugs to control the infection and avoid its further aggravation.
At the same time, in their daily life, patients must try their best to avoid breeding bacteria, so they should pay attention to the hygiene of the lower body, wash the vulva often and keep the local parts dry and clean.
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