Ureaplasma Urealyticum Implicated in Fertility Problems
Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Sexually Transmitted Infections are always considered dangerous because they can cause various complications if left untreated. The fact that undiagnosed STDs and STIs can infiltrate other humans makes them all the more dangerous. This is why a lot of stress is put on promotion awareness about STDs and STIs, on regular testing for STDs and STIs and on practice of safe sex.
Ureaplasma Urealyticum is one of the most dangerous sexually transmitted infections and is unfortunately one of the most widespread as well. While there have been reports for a while that if cases of Ureaplasma Urealyticum is left untreated, it can cause complications in males that would lead to fertility. However, there were no scientific grounds for these claims yet. However, recent research suggests that infections like Chlamydia, gonorrhea, E-Coli, syphilis and Ureaplasma Urealyticum can lead to decreased function of the sperm as well as decreased life of the sperm. The more the infection stays in the body, the more complicated the problem becomes and this is why it is more important than ever that ureaplasma Urealyticum and other STIs are diagnosed as early as possible. This is one of the reasons why fertility patients are advised to get a Ureaplasma screen.
Fertility Problems Due to Ureaplasma Urealyticum and its Solution
If you are having fertility issues and are then diagnosed with an infection like Ureaplasma Urealyticum, doctors would stress on a two-pronged strategy to bring your health back on track. Firstly, the doctor would set you on a course of treatments which would cure the STI so that the infection and its adverse affect on sperm life and sperm function would end. Secondly, the doctor would focus on dietary changes which will help your body gain the right constituents which would help in restoring the sperm’s motility as well as the sperm’s function.
Normally, the changes in diet that can help with fertility problems for males include an increase in antioxidants intake (Vitamin C and Vitamin E), an increase in the intake of essential fatty acids, an increase in the intake of zinc and an increase in the intake of folate. All these are vital in one way or another for your sperm’s health and this is why any test for fertility not only checks for all STIs but also checks the level of Vitamin C and E, zinc, folate and essential fatty acids in your body.
Other Problems Caused by Ureaplasma Urealyticum
It’s not just that Ureaplasma Urealyticum’s diagnosis is important because it can lead to a complication like infertility. It’s also important to diagnose the problem early and to remove the infection as soon as possible as the infection can cause a lot of pain and can cause various other complications as well.
In men, Ureaplasma Urealyticum is often associated with pain and discomfort in the urethra as well as secretions which would cause the underclothes to be marked with blood in many cases. Problems like proctitis and pharyngitis might also develop with time. Ureaplasma has been implicated in genital tract symptoms.
In women, pain in the pelvic region along with vaginal discharge is common while cervictitis and diseases that cause pelvic inflammation might also develop with time. The infection can obviously cause many other complications in women too.
It’s not just about common pain though as Ureaplasma Urealyticum has been found out as one of the major contributors to the death of the people who died after a lung transplant. If you see this recent case for this pathogen, you will find out that a patient died only a month after having a lung transplant. Similar cases have come up earlier where a few patients have died after a lung transplant. While the main reason for the death was found to be hyper ammonia, where the amount of ammonia in the body far exceeds the normal limit, which is untreatable, it has been detected that the presence of mycoplasma and ureaplasma Urealyticum were the root cause for the deaths. This has been proved by observing patients who survived normally after lung transplants and those who didn’t with the one common thing between the patients who died was that they were carrying one of the two infections. Patients who were treated for the infections after the lung transplant have recently shown improvement which kind of confirms that ureaplasma Urealyticum can prove deadly in cases of lung transplant.
Treatment for Ureaplasma Urealyticum
The main treatment options for ureaplasma Urealyticum are:
In addition, doxycycline or azithromycin are recommended as the treatment options. This is because both have proven extremely useful in treating ureaplasma Urealyticum.