I am going to a fertility clinic with my boyfriend. We had a miscarriage 2 years ago and haven’t been able to concieve since.

So the fertility clinic has told us that they have found mycoplasma, and we took zithromax for it, we still have to have another test to make sure it’s gone. Apparently it’s been found to cause miscarriages.

I’m kind of surprised that what with learning about PID and STDs in health class, that I had never heard of this. Anyone have any insights?

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  1. SseNope says:

    I had a fairly comprehensive sex ed in the mid 90s, and didn’t learn about it until recently. I guess it’s somewhat new as an STI? This peer-reviewed article from 2006 seems to point in that direction: We don’t know a whole lot about it, and in 2006, didn’t even really have a good way to screen for it.

    Hopefully the zithromax kicks it and your fertility problems are solved! Did they screen for PID, or do you have mycoplasma without PID?

  2. Hteall says:

    Oh, huh, that is a fascinating article. Especially “The presence of M genitalium is associated with cervicitis and urethritis in women” — I wonder if this would be a potential cause for some people’s “bleedy cervix” issues?

    *goes and reads one of those footnoted links* And douching is a risk factor in having M Genitalium!

    I agree, this sounds like a “new” disease (much as HPV was once unknown as a potentially-cancer-causing agent). But if it causes an inflammatory response in the cells, I could totally see that as causing miscarriages; if the cells are all angry and inflamed, they are not likely to welcome a blastocyst. If the fallopian tube cells were involved, then that might have an adverse effect on sperm lifetime, too, as the fallopian tube cells are important in keeping sperm alive while they wait for the egg to show.

    Kamomil, good luck!

  3. LimTuT says:

    Thanks, I am hoping that was our only problem!

    I am amazed that they are still discovering new stuff like this.

  4. LimTuT says:

    Thanks! I am hoping that all we have to do is beat this infection!

    They only told me we had mycoplasma. They didn’t mention PID. They are testing us, the whole process will take about a month for everything, then they will sit us down and hopefully tell us what they found out. So this kind of caught me off guard, but I guess it was important to start treating it now.

    It’s good to finally be hearing some hard science. Apparently 20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage and no one knows why. It reminds me of medieval medicine when they had no idea how disease spread.

  5. Hteall says:

    It’s between 40% and 60% of all pregnancies that miscarry before the first trimester is done, from what I’ve researched. (The doctor I went to, with my decidual bleeding situation, said 45%.) The vast majority of those are “chemical pregnancies” that are only detected with a pregnancy test, because the DNA fails to mesh up properly and the blastocyst simply stops developing shortly after implantation, resulting in nothing more than a “late period.”

    Thyroid issues are another one that can cause problems — both with conceiving (irregular periods/ovulation) and anecdotally with miscarriages, potentially with fetal brain damage (dodged that one!!), and it also increases the risk of pre-eclampsia. (I got that one. I do NOT recommend it…) I assume that your thyroid has been tested…? O:>

  6. EroWo says:

    I’d never heard of it either!

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