How can I prevent cystitis?

 

How can I prevent cystitis?

There are many causes of cystitis, however many women will find that small changes to their diet or lifestyle can help reduce the frequency and/or severity of their symptoms. To help prevent cystitis:

  • Drink at least one to two litres (three or four pints) of water every day.
  • Avoid perfumed soaps, shower and bath products, vaginal deodorants etc.
  • Wear cotton underwear and avoid wearing tight trousers.
  • If your cystitis is triggered by sexual intercourse, it can help if both you and your partner wash carefully before and after sex.
  • Empty your bladder, before and after sex, as this helps flush out any bacteria which may have entered the urethra.
  • Pass urine when you feel the urge, rather than trying to ‘hold on’ until later and make sure you empty your bladder completely.
  • Wipe your bottom from front to back to help prevent bacteria spreading.
 
 

Always seek medical advice if:

  • You are under 18
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding
  • You are male
  • Your urine becomes cloudy or has blood in it
  • Your symptoms return or persist after using Cystopurin relief sachets for 48 hours
  • You suffer severe stomach, groin or back pain
  • You are suffering from a fever (high temperature, nausea/vomiting)
  • You have unusually heavy vaginal discharge
  • You are taking any other medicine prescribed by your doctor
  • You have not had a bladder infection before
  • You have any history of kidney or heart disease