Also known as Honeymooner’s Disease, cystitis is painful but
an annoyance rather than an actual concern. Of course, this doesn’t mean that
it should be ignored!
Cystitis mainly affects women and it can be caused through over indulging on the horizontal tango – too much sex literally rubs her raw, creating inflammation, tenderness and pain. Men can suffer the condition too. It is classed as a UTI (urinary tract infection) and despite sex being one of the causes it is not an STI (sexually transmitted infection). This is because the condition is caused by physical conditions, not the passing on of a bacterium or viral agent, as with STIs.
Sex is not the only thing that can cause cystitis. It can occur in older people and in children, and some of the other causes are:
Age: those over 75 and under the age of 1 year old can get this infection. This is because immune systems at those ages are weaker than at other times of life, and the inflammation can take hold without the body being able to resist too much.
Poor Hygiene: wiping from back to front can pull bacteria from the anus to the vulva which offers exactly the right sort of warm moist environment in which bacteria thrive. Men who do not keep their privates clean can also cause irritation and inflammation from the build-up of sweat and dirt.
Illness: people with diabetes and similar conditions can be more prone to UTIs than those in a better state of health. As with aging, a compromised immune system – one that is busy fighting off other conditions, or that is just weaker than it should be – can easily be overrun with harmful bacteria.
Pregnancy: Being pregnant changes many things inside the body, and the flora of the vagina is no different. These changes can allow bacteria to take hold, leading to a week of so of misery as the poor lady needs to pee every hour – and it hurts to do so!
Using a Catheter: Catheters are foreign bodies and our bodies don’t like having foreign bodies inside them. The tube can rub against sensitive internal areas, causing inflammation and allowing bacteria to take hold.
Do not despair if you start having the symptoms of cystitis. These are painful burning when weeing, dark or cloudy urine, and generally feeling unwell with pain or tenderness low in the tummy. Drink plenty of water, pee often (yes, even if it hurts) and take pain relief to manage your symptoms until they pass. If things do not improve after three days, consult a doctor as the symptoms may point to something a bit more serious.