How To Prevent Cystitis In Women
Cystitis is inflammation of the bladder and is generally caused by a bacterial infection. This condition is especially common in women since they have a shorter urethra than men, so this blog post is aimed at preventing cystitis in women.
Wearing cotton underwear rather than other fabrics and making sure you go to the toilet as soon as you need to are just two things you can do to help prevent cystitis. Read on for more ideas.
Drink plenty of water
Staying well hydrated is one of the best things you can do if you are prone to bouts of cystitis. Drinking plenty of water means you urinate regularly, which flushes bacteria out of your bladder and urethra. This prevents them from multiplying there and causing an infection.
Certain foods and drinks can trigger cystitis symptoms. It’s best to avoid caffeine, alcohol, and fizzy drinks and stick to water. Cranberry juice is thought to be helpful for cystitis sufferers, but there is no scientific evidence to back this up
Be careful when you’re washing
Good hygiene is important to help prevent cystitis. After you’ve been to the toilet, make sure you wipe from front to back. Doing this will avoid transferring bacteria from the anus to the urethra.
Wash the skin around your vagina and anus using gentle, fragrance-free soaps. Avoid using highly scented products, as they can cause irritation.
Finally, you should change your tampons or pads regularly when you’re on your period.
Take some precautions when having sex
If you already have cystitis, having sex could make it last longer. It’s best to wait for your cystitis to clear up before having sex again.
Then whenever you have sex in future, it’s a good idea to go to the toilet immediately afterwards. If you empty your bladder completely, this flushes any bacteria out of the urethra and lessens the chance of an infection developing.
If you use a diaphragm and are prone to cystitis, you might find it beneficial to change to another method of contraception.