How do I treat cystitis?

If you are experiencing symptoms of cystitis it is recommended you visit your local doctor or Marie Stopes International clinic to be properly diagnosed. After being seen by a doctor the next step to help treat cystitis is to drink plenty of water, using cystitis powder (i.e. Ural®) and possibly antibiotics as prescribed by your doctor.

How can I prevent catching cystitis?

Maintaining good hygiene and sexual health such as washing regularly, avoiding anal-to-vaginal sex and urinating after sex may help prevent cystitis infection.

What are the symptoms of cystitis?

Symptoms of cystitis include burning or pain when urinating, urinating more frequently, blood present in urine, lower back or abdominal pain and/or fever. Cystitis belongs to a group of conditions that are often incorrectly considered sexually transmitted infections. As a general rule, not everything that happens in or around your genitals is sexually transmitted but if you experience discomfort in that area it is important to visit your local doctor or Marie Stopes International clinic to determine the cause.

What is cystitis?

Cystitis is a bacterial infection that causes inflammation of the bladder lining, it is also commonly known as a urinary tract infection (UTI). It can spread to the kidneys and cause damage to the kidney function. Cystitis is not sexually transmitted but can occur after frequent and prolonged sexual intercourse and is most common in women. It is caused when bacteria fom the anus enters the urethra and bladder or by not emptying the bladder properly.