Cystitis

 

What is it?

 

Cystitis refers to inflammation (swelling) of the bladder. In most cases cystitis is a urinary tract infection (UTI) for women.

 

How can I treat it?

 

If you have a mild case of cystitis, the infection can clear up on it's own within a few days. However for some women, cystitis can be quite painful.

 

If it doesn't clear up on its own and has still not been treated, the infection can travel to your kidneys and cause further troubles.

In normal cases, a medical professional will prescribe antibiotics to clear up the UTI before it travels to the kidneys.

 

In other cases, cystitis can be caused by specific drugs, radition therapy typically given to cancer patients, a long-term catheter (tube to help you pee), or things such as sprays or jellies used in the region. In these cases, extra treatment such as stopping the use of the sprays or jellies will also be encouraged to avoid future UTIs.

 

What can make me more at risk?

 

Things that could cause a UTI include

  • sex
  • wiping the bottom from back to front after using the bathroom
  • being over the age of 75 years old
  • being pregnant

 

What can I do to stop getting them?

 

Similarly, to avoid any future UTIs you can try actioning the following tips that prevents things disturbing the opening of the vagina.

  • not using bubble bath and soap
  • showering instead of bathing
  • not holding your pee in for long periods of time if you need the restroom
  • peeing after sex
  • staying hydrated
  • wiping from front to back when going to the bathroom
  • wearing cotton underwear
  • avoiding tight clothing around your vagina

 

 

 

What is it?

 

Cystitis refers to inflammation (swelling) of the bladder. In most cases cystitis is a urinary tract infection (UTI) for women.

 

How can I treat it?

 

If you have a mild case of cystitis, the infection can clear up on it's own within a few days. However for some women, cystitis can be quite painful.

 

If it doesn't clear up on its own and has still not been treated, the infection can travel to your kidneys and cause further troubles.

Cystitis

In normal cases, a medical professional will prescribe antibiotics to clear up the UTI before it travels to the kidneys.

 

In other cases, cystitis can be caused by specific drugs, radition therapy typically given to cancer patients, a long-term catheter (tube to help you pee), or things such as sprays or jellies used in the region. In these cases, extra treatment such as stopping the use of the sprays or jellies will also be encouraged to avoid future UTIs.

 

What can make me more at risk?

 

Things that could cause a UTI include

  • sex
  • wiping the bottom from back to front after using the bathroom
  • being over the age of 75 years old
  • being pregnant

 

What can I do to stop getting them?

 

Similarly, to avoid any future UTIs you can try actioning the following tips that prevents things disturbing the opening of the vagina.

  • not using bubble bath and soap
  • showering instead of bathing
  • not holding your pee in for long periods of time if you need the restroom
  • peeing after sex
  • staying hydrated
  • wiping from front to back when going to the bathroom
  • wearing cotton underwear
  • avoiding tight clothing around your vagina

 

 

Symptom list:

Cystitis