Recently, doctors called ureaplasma one of the most popular diseases of our time. She suffers from a large number of women both pregnant and non-pregnant.
Unfortunately, only a small percentage of women understand what the problem is and how to deal with it. Particularly acute is the question of the occurrence, causes, effects and treatment during pregnancy.
What is ureaplasma during pregnancy?
Ureaplasma is a bacterium that causes a disease called ureaplasmosis. Until about 2000, doctors and scientists believed that this problem was caused by a genital infection. However, after 2000 it was established and classified that ureaplasmosis is a consequence of an infection of the urogenital system.
In fact, about 80% of women have ureaplasma in their bodies, but they do not develop into infection and bacteria. It does not cause discomfort and does not cause discomfort to the woman.
In the event that ureaplasmas are found in the body, it is possible to speak not about the illness of a woman, but about the fact that she is a carrier of the infection. Doctors believe that this situation does not bring anything good. After all, a woman can pass the infection to her partner.
As a rule, ureaplasmosis occurs when the immune system is sharply reduced. In such a situation, a small percentage of bacteria in the body begins to multiply sharply and strongly, representing a danger to the health of the woman.
Ureaplasmosis is a fairly complex disease that is not always easy to differentiate. In some cases, the woman does not understand that she has an infection of the genitourinary system.
Doctors identify certain signs by which a pregnant woman at an early stage can understand the development of a viral disease:
- White highlight.
- Pain when urinating.
- Inflammation of the vagina (colpitis).
- Sharp and severe pain in the lower abdomen.
Ureaplasmosis can be transmitted not only through vaginal sex, but also through oral. In this case, a symptom may be a sore throat, which in rare cases is identified as ureaplasmosis.
Symptoms for urogenital infection are mild and not pronounced. This is a big minus for a pregnant woman, because and so throughout her pregnancy she has increased white discharge.
Only a small percentage of women at an early stage of infection may notice that the discharge has acquired a completely different shade, color and smell. Often ureaplasmosis confused with thrush, trying to recover from pregnancy.
Ureaplasma is an infection that is sexually transmitted. She can live in the body of your partner, who does not even suspect it. After committing physical intimacy, a pregnant woman becomes infected.
It is noteworthy that the infection gets after oral sex, manifesting itself as acute tonsillitis and fever. Thus, the body fights with bacteria that have fallen to it.
Some sexually transmitted infections are transmitted through a towel or a visit to the bath, but in the case of ureaplasmosis it is excluded. Only sexual intimacy is necessary, after which infection occurs.
How does ureaplasma affect pregnancy?
Many pregnant women are interested in the impact of ureaplasma on the future fetus. In fact, science has stepped far forward. Previously, such an infection was considered a direct basis for medical abortion.
Currently, this practice has become obsolete. The woman continues to carry the child, even in the presence of infections of the genitourinary system.
In the event that a woman's infection occurred before pregnancy, then the health of the baby should not be too worried. During conception, the placenta and amniotic bubble is formed, which protects the baby from various infections in the mother's body.
However, ureaplasma can cause softening of the uterus. Often in such cases in the early stages of pregnancy, miscarriage or premature birth occurs already in the 3rd trimester.
If the infection occurred in the 2nd or 3rd trimester, then the doctors here really think about how the baby will be born. Ureaplasmosis require only antibiotic treatment.
During pregnancy, such an approach is highly undesirable because it can adversely affect the development of the newborn, provoking defects and pathologies in it.
In this case, no one can promise that a full and healthy child will be born. As a rule, the choice of treatment is taken by the woman herself, after the advice of the attending physician.
Infection at birth
During labor, the baby is released from the amniotic bladder, which served as protection and talisman for it. Passing through the birth canal, the child may become infected with an infection in the mother’s body.
This is fraught with the development of diseases such as pyelonephritis, meningitis, conjunctivitis. In addition, the mother can get the infection, having received endometritis immediately after delivery.
That is why doctors try to save a woman from a urinogenital infection during pregnancy, so as not to infect a newborn.
Impact on woman's health
As soon as a woman finds out about the presence of a urinogenital infection in her body, she needs immediate treatment. Many believe that it is impossible to get pregnant with ureaplasma. In fact, doctors give a positive answer and allow women to begin conception after a course of treatment.
Often running infection leads to consequences that prevent getting pregnant. But this does not mean severe cases. All of them are amenable to complex treatment. After treatment of ureaplasmosis, women were able to independently conceive and give birth to a healthy child.
If you went to the doctor before conceiving a child, you did the right thing. Ask a specialist to help examine your body and determine the presence of ureaplasma. Often, women are not even aware of the presence of the disease in the body.
In order to accurately diagnose the infection, it is necessary to resort to a number of comprehensive measures:
- Polymer chain reaction - it can be used to detect the presence of infection in a woman’s body.
- Analysis for the presence of antibodies.
- Bacteriological sowing is a popular method that accurately detects not only the infection itself, but also its degree, the effectiveness of treatment with various antibiotics.
Does ureaplasma treat during pregnancy?
In the event that ureaplasmosis is found in the body of a pregnant woman, she begins to think about the need for treatment. Be sure the infection requires a cure. If the pregnancy is difficult, as a rule, they try to get rid of the infection immediately.
If the child is not in danger, then you can wait a little with treatment, waiting for 30 weeks.
Please note that the body of each pregnant woman is different. The doctor, based on the results of tests and studies of the girl, may decide on premature treatment. In this case, the woman should trust the specialist and immediately begin treatment.
Ureaplasma during pregnancy has ceased to be a sentence. Women are successfully cured of the disease during pregnancy, they have healthy children. Infection, which is transmitted sexually, often appears in the body of the future mother, because in most cases she has a weakened immune system.
Prevention of ureaplasmosis can be contraception during sexual intimacy, the use of sanitary pads, self-care and frequent inspection by specialists.