Learn More About Cystitis
Most frequent questions and answers about cystitis
A bacterial infection is usually the main cause of cystitis, but other causes of bladder damage/irritation can also cause cystitis.
Cystitis is much more common in women than men, and some habits can increase the risk of cystitis, including:
- Wiping from back to front on the toilet
- Having a urinary catheter
- Using a diaphragm for contraception
Mild cases will usually not require treatment, clearing in a few days. Some people experience frequent episodes of cystitis that may require long-term or regular treatment.
Prevention methods have not been fully studies; however, a few self-care measures are recommended, including:
- Drinking plenty of fluids
- Urinate frequently
- Wipe from front to back on the toilet
- Take showers rather than baths
- Gently wash around the vagina and anus
- Empty your bladder after intercourse
- Avoid feminine products in the genital area
Interstitial cystitis is a chronic bladder health issue that causes long-term pelvic and urination pain.
You should see your GP if you have persistent pelvic pain or notice a change in your usual pattern urination.