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Does Ureaplasma Urealyticum Infection Cause Asthenospermia?

Mycoplasma is a group of microorganisms between the size of bacteria and viruses without cell walls. Ureaplasma urealyticum is the mycoplasma that most often resides in the human reproductive tract and is a common pathogen in human genitourinary infections, which can cause inflammation of the male reproductive tract and is one of the causes of male infertility.

Ureaplasma and Asthenospermia

Statistical results show that male patients infected with ureaplasma urealyticum have significantly lower sperm activity, motility, and density and significantly higher sperm malformation rate. 

So, does ureaplasma urealyticum infection in men cause asthenospermia?

Ureaplasma urealyticum infection has the potential to cause asthenospermia. 

On the one hand, ureaplasma urealyticum infection can potentially cause asthenospermia by affecting the sperm itself. This is because Mycoplasma infection of sperm attaches to the tail of sperm, interferes with sperm vitality, affects sperm motility, speed of movement, and normal metabolism, and results in a significant decrease in both sperm activity and motility, a decrease in the number of sperm, and varying degrees of decrease in semen quality. 

On the other hand, ureaplasma urealyticum can lead to inflammation of the reproductive tract, and the inflammatory response may lead to changes in the microenvironment around the sperm cells, which may reduce sperm motility and may also trigger asthenospermia.

In addition, because the male urinary system and reproductive system are connected, when the male reproductive tract is infected with mycoplasma, if timely and regular treatment is not carried out, resulting in recurrent infections, it can cause prostatitis, epididymitis, vasculitis, and vesiculitis. Inflammation in these areas will affect the storage, survival, and output of sperm and, as a result, may also lead to asthenospermia.

How to treat ureaplasma urealyticum infection in men?

Ureaplasma urealyticum is the disease-causing bacteria of non-specific urethritis. If ureaplasma urealyticum is positive, treatment directed by a specialist is recommended:

1. Antibiotic Drugs: Western medicine usually uses antibiotics to treat patients but generally needs to carry out two tests: a bacterial culture test, used to clarify the cause of the disease, and a drug sensitivity test, used to detect the causative organisms sensitive to which antibiotics. Since ureaplasma urealyticum does not have a cell wall, it is entirely ineffective to treat it with antibiotics that are used for the cell wall, so only drugs that inhibit the synthesis of membrane proteins and cytoplasmic proteins, such as quinolones, tetracyclines, and macrolides, can be used. 

The effectiveness of these drugs is also determined by drug sensitivity testing. Therefore, the use of antibiotic drugs must be consulted and under the guidance of a specialist.

2. Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment: To avoid the emergence of drug-resistant patients, they can choose traditional Chinese medicine for treatment; the most significant advantage of traditional Chinese medicine is that it will not produce any toxic side effects so that patients can be more at ease with the use of it. 

Diuretic and Anti-inflammatory Pill, with its broad-spectrum antibacterial properties, can kill mycoplasma that causes male genitourinary diseases, and at the same time, has the main effect of clearing away heat and detoxifying the body, invigorating blood circulation, promoting vitality, and relieving pain, and inducing diuresis for treating stranguria. The patients who insist on using it can be completely cured.


3. Auxiliary Treatment: Patients drink a lot of water during treatment, increase urination, and can play the role of flushing the urethra to dilute bacteria; treatment also has a certain auxiliary effect.

During the treatment of ureaplasma urealyticum infection, husband and wife should be treated together to avoid sexual intercourse and cross-infection. At the same time, patients should also pay attention to local hygiene, such as the best every day to change underwear. The daily meals are light, easy-to-digest food. Do not eat spicy, stimulating, and greasy food, and at the same time, quit smoking and drinking.

Recommended Readings:

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