The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention has dubbed this infection as an “emerging issue” due to its growing prevalence.
In women, pelvic pain, vaginal irritation, bleeding during intercourse, spotting between periods and abnormal vaginal discharge are things to look out for, although, these are the symptoms also associated with many other gynaecological issues.
The bacterium has been linked to inflammation of the cervix (cercivtis), as well as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which affects the female reproductive organs.
While the FDA are yet to approve a stand-alone test for M. genitalium, doctors can test for the bacteria using a urine or swab sample. If tested positive, the patient can be treated with a course of antibiotics.