We receive compensation from the providers of the services and products featured on this website. This impacts the offers’ positioning, rating & scoring. Advertising Disclosure


How does a mycoplasma test work?

The information provided herein does not constitute an expert or medical advice, nor intended to replace such advice.

Sexual Health
  • Medically reviewed by Dr. Andrea Pinto on 13 November 2021

What is Mycoplasma genitalium

Mycoplasma is a bacterial STD which can be spread through genital-to-genital contact including vaginal and anal contact and oral-to-genital contact.

Mycoplasma is most easily transmitted in cases of genital contact, by men with symptoms of urethritis, and by women with symptoms of urethritis or pelvic inflammatory disease.

Mycoplasma can be tricky to spot because the symptoms of mycoplasma are similar to the symptoms of a number of other sexually transmitted infections. 

Mycoplasma may affect the cervix, urethra, and rectum. Mycoplasma can be passed through sex with a person of the opposite or same sex to you. 

What is a Mycoplasma genitalium test? 

A mycoplasma test is a test that is used to identify mycoplasma genitalium bacteria through the blood, urine or via a swab sample. 

How do you test for Mycoplasma genitalium?

Mycoplasma tests are used to identify and detect mycoplasma genitalium. There are a number of different samples that you can take to identify mycoplasma including: 

  • Swab samples of the vagina or anus can be taken to test for mycoplasma 
  • Urine samples can be taken in men and women to test mycoplasma
  • Vaginal bleeding between periods or after sex (females)

Article image

At home Mycoplasma genitalium tests 

At home mycoplasma tests are easy to use, and in most cases are painless. 

The type of sample required to take your mycoplasma test will depend on the screening service you decide to go with. We will talk you through which samples are required per provider below.  

Ordering and taking a mycoplasma test is seamless. Here’s how it works: 

  1. Order your mycoplasma test from a home health testing providerof your choice. 
  2. Register your test online. 
  3. Take your test from the comfort of home. 
  4. Return your test in the packaging provided. 
  5. Receive your results within a week. 

Which sample does each provider require? 

How does a doctor test for mycoplasma?

A doctor will talk through your symptoms with you before collecting a sample. A doctor will either take a swab, blood or urine sample depending on your symptoms. 

How long do Mycoplasma genitalium  tests take?

On average, it takes 2-3 days to receive mycoplasma test results from an online provider. Time frames may vary depending on lab capacity and public holidays. 

You should expect results for a mycoplasma test within a week. 

What are the symptoms of Mycoplasma genitalium

Some of the most common symptoms of mycoplasma include: 

  • Pain in the genitals 
  • Abdominal pain 
  • More frequent urination pain during intercourse
  • A burning sensation while urinating
  • Discharge from the vagina (females)
  • Vaginal bleeding (females)
  • Pain during sex or ejaculation (males)
  • Discharge from the penis (males)

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you should consider a full sexual health screening to rule out all sexually transmitted infections that could be causing them. 

We have compiled a list of the best home STD testing providers for your convenience.



How long is a person contagious with Mycoplasma genitalium?

The length of time it takes to not be contagious depends on when you finish your treatment. It is recommended that you refrain from having intercourse until two weeks after you have finished your treatment. 

How can I get rid of Mycoplasma genitalium

Antibiotics are used to treat mycoplasma. You will be able to get a prescription from your doctor once you have received a diagnosis. 

Some of the most common antibiotics used to treat mycoplasma include erythromycin, clarithromycin and azithromycin.

Can Mycoplasma genitalium cause a UTI? 

Mycoplasma can cause UTIs in both men and women. 

How long does Mycoplasma genitalium last? 

According to the Maryland Department of Health “no one knows how long an infected person remains contagious, but it is probably less than 20 days. The disease can be treated with antibiotics. While antibiotics help an infected person to feel better faster, they do not remove the bacteria from the throat. Mycoplasma can remain in the throat for as long as 13 weeks.”

More than a quarter of untreated infections have been shown to persist for over a year, and infections have been detected 2-3 years after the initial contact with the bacteria.

 Written by Hannah Kingston on April 7,  2021










Hannah Kingston

Hannah Kingston

Mar 25, 2022

More from Mycoplasma

Mycoplasma genitalium treatment and tests
Mycoplasma genitalium is a small bacteria that can be transmitted during sex. STDWatch tells you everything you need to know about Mycoplasma genitalium treatment and tests.
Updated at Mar 13, 2023

Dr. Andrea Pinto Lopez

Sexual Health
3 min read

Mycoplasma genitalium symptoms and causes
Have you ever heard about Mycoplasma genitalium or Mgen? This bacteria can cause a common STD. STDWatch brings you Mycoplasma genitalium symptoms and causes.
Updated at Mar 14, 2023

Dr. Andrea Pinto Lopez

Sexual Health
3 min read

You may also like

10 panel STD tests
Choose the right 10 panel STD tests for you in the most private, safe and affordable way possible
Updated at Oct 25, 2023

Hannah Kingston

Sexual Health
STD Tests
3 min read

Can I have an STD without knowing it?
You can have without knowing it. One of the reasons many people don't know they're infected is that many STDs don't have any symptoms.
Updated at Feb 06, 2023

Tommy Gonzales

Sexual Health
STD Symptoms
3 min read

How Do I Know Which STD Test I Need?
There are many STDs known today, making it sometimes confusing to know which test you should get and when.
Updated at Feb 06, 2023

Tommy Gonzales

Sexual Health
STD Tests
3 min read

Top 3 STD Testing Services
Most Popular


    • Confidential results in 2-5 days
    • Free & discreet shipping - both ways
    • Uses hospitals labs for max accuracy
    • Medical support available 24/7
    • Consultation for treatment options
    • FSA & HSA cards accepted
    • FDA listed tests